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Date of Passing: Aug 28, 2023

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Peacefully on August 28, 2023, Shirley passed away in her 94th year.

She is predeceased by her loving husband Neil (2021); her parents and brother Gerry. She is survived by her children, Tim (Donna), Nancy (Al), Sheila and Howard (Mandy); grandchildren, Tovah, Ashley (Warren), Brittany (Bobby), Gregg (Kim), Emma, Spencer, Ava and great-grandchildren, Blake, Jackson, Declan and Finn.

Shirley was the second eldest child of Alan and Marion Mensforth, born in Winnipeg, January 1930. She spent her childhood in the north end and attended Luxton and St. John’s High School where she met the love of her life, Neil. The high school sweethearts married and built a life together lasting almost 80 years.

Shirley graduated from the Grace Hospital School of Nursing in January 1951, with her RN diploma. Over the years she worked at the Grace and Victoria General Hospitals. Nursing was her calling, but her family was her passion.

Family was everything to Mom. Together, Neil and Shirley raised and educated four children and were a loving and supportive influence on their family. She put her career on hold to raise her children. She believed strongly in education and as a result, provided opportunities for her children and grandchildren to learn and grow. She was always there for her grandchildren; ready to support, cuddle, play with and love them. In her later years, she laughed, enjoyed the artwork and was in awe of her great-grandchildren, treasuring the circle of life they provided.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Simkin Center, particularly the staff of Weinberg 3. The wonderful, compassionate and loving care they provided Mom during the last years of her life, and the unwavering support to our family, will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Simkin Centre or a charity of your choice.

A private graveside service was held on September 8, 2023.

Mom, go in peace. Be with Dad. Laugh and dance together forever. We miss you.



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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2023

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • So sorry for everyone’s loss. Bill and I took many drives to Winnipeg to visit family. We especially enjoyed our visits with Neil and Shirley. Dinners, cards and many laughs My heart and thoughts are with you all Love Rose - Posted by: Rose Almdal (Sister in law) on: Sep 18, 2023

  • Its 1976 again. I think back to those first few weeks as a trainee with Equitable Life. My father encouraged me to talk to Neil as I was looking for a new career. That's when I met both Shirley and Neil and they became like second parents to me. In fact, looking back now, there kindness and encouragement fostered a foundation of how I wanted to be when I became a parent. They were a lovely, caring couple and Neil became a great mentor to me. Over the years, they always had time to say hello whenever I returned to Winnipeg or connected with them by phone. The world is a better place having been gifted with their presence. My prayers go out to the family and friends that peace and comfort comes in remembering the many fond memories of both Neil and Shirley. With much affection, James Spack - Posted by: James Spack (Friend and co-worker with Neil at Equitable Life in Winnipeg) on: Sep 18, 2023

  • So sorry for your loss, Sheila. I remember your mom as being so kind and welcoming. - Posted by: Kathy Strachan (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2023

  • What a wonderful obituary. What amazing lives they had together. I have such fond memories of them both. And think of them often. And smile. Love & hugs, Maggie - Posted by: Maggie Mensforth (cousin) on: Sep 16, 2023

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