Shirley Jean Temple

May 02, 1935 - February 26, 2023


Obituary For Shirley Jean Temple

Shirley Temple, long-time resident of Grande Prairie, passed away on February 26, 2023 after a long and heartbreaking battle with dementia.

Shirley is mourned by her sister, Nora Hassall; her children, Sheryl (Melvin) Heikel, Brenda (Doug) Norton, Ron (Laura) Henderson, Tammy (Les) Virr and Blair (Linda) Temple.

Also, left to mourn are her grandchildren Julie, John, Matthew, Amanda (Heikel); Alexa, Carlie, Chase (Norton); Elizabeth, Anne, Robyn (Henderson); Jody, Leah (Virr); Brittany, Michael, Braden (Temple); 15 great grandchildren, numerous in-laws, nephews and nieces, neighbours and friends.

A campfire memorial service will be held on Monday, September 4, 2023, at 11:00AM at Camp Wapiti. Please bring lawn chairs. A light lunch will be provided after the service.

To get to Camp Wapiti go south on Hwy 40, approx. 9km from the Hwy 43/40 intersection, to Twp Rd 704A. This intersection has the last set of lights before going down the hill to the Wapiti Bridge. Turn left onto Twp Rd 704A, and after less than 100m take the first right onto the gravelled RR 62. Follow the Camp Wapiti signs through the gravel pits all the way to Camp Wapiti (about 4km from Twp Rd 704A).

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  • September 03, 2023

    Shirley was a gem!!! A gift to all of us with her caring and positive ways. I first met Shirley when she was taking courses at GPRC for her Education degree. At about 45, she was a super star in my class on PE for elementary school. She did everything!! Forward rolls and cartwheels, dance, basketball and volleyball and everything else. Shirley was creative and fun! And she got along so well with all the much-younger students!!! And my times with Shirley after were precious....horses, canning and baking, helping with kids and grandkids! So many great memories!! Love you forever, Shirley!!!!

  • August 10, 2023

    So very sorry for your loss Brenda,Doug and family ,hugs for you all.

  • August 09, 2023

    Nora and families, I'm sorry to hear about Shirley's passing. She also taught me at school as Mrs Henderson. Blessings. Kerry King (Bloomfield).

  • March 06, 2023

    Growing up in the States and living in Edmonton I didn't get to visit the farm often, but the memories I have there really stuck with me. Grandma Shirley would always put us to work, but there was always baking and treats to be had afterwards. My potato peeling is probably still not up to par but I often think of her when doing so. I also remember learning the hard way not to go to the barn by myself while the horses were out. Grandma just told me "you won't do that again will you?" I miss her and wish she could have met my husband, Moses.

  • March 04, 2023

    My thoughts and prayers for the family. Shirley taught me sewing in 1970-1972 at Montrose Junior High. She was so funny and loved to teach us. Because of her I really loved sewing. I still do till this day. RIP

  • March 04, 2023

    Sending my sincerest condolences to Brenda, Doug and all the families 👪. May you share many fond memories, for many years, and celebrate those "reminders" with a smile.... My best, Riley Stilling

  • March 03, 2023

    Tammy, Les, Jody, Leah and family. Offering our deepest condolences to you all. So very sorry for your loss. Charlene & Peter Clement

  • March 02, 2023

    I have so many good memories of Shirley working with the horses and all of us crazy kids at camp. She always kept us organized and amazed me with her toughness on the outside and softness in her heart. I saw her get stepped on by a horse and hardly make a peep, and also tear up many times when she talked about something important to her. What a dear lady. She will be missed but what joy and freedom he is experiencing now! Love you, Shirley.

  • March 02, 2023

    Only good memories of Shirley, whether it be a student in her cooking class, working with her on the camp committee, or just visiting with her. So sorry to the family for your loss.

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