HOLMES, SHIRLEY ANN ELIZABETH
It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of Shirley Ann Holmes
(nee McFee) in her 81st year on Friday April 3rd, 2020. Shirley Ann passed
peacefully at home with her children by her side after facing cancer with
Loving wife of 48 years of the late Allan Holmes. Beloved mother
of Cindy (Anne Fleming) of Victoria and Brent (Debbie Molloy) of Calgary.
Proud, loving and cherished Nana of Kaden, Alex and Zach. Dear sister of
Pat McFee (Dave Pomerantz) and Allan McFee (Kathy). Fondly remembered
by in-laws, cousins, many nieces and nephews and a very wide circle of
dear friends. Her family and her community are stronger because of her.
Shirley Ann was born to Margaret and Wilbert McFee in Hillsburgh and
attended Orangeville District High School where she met her future
husband, Allan, and received awards in agriculture and home economics.
Her teacher encouraged her to study home economics and she graduated
with a BHSc from Macdonald Institute, University of Guelph in 1962. She
had a long and successful career as a professional home economist working
as a food consultant, food stylist, recipe and product developer, cooking
school instructor, and cookbook author.
Shirley Ann was a dedicated
volunteer with the Mac ‘62 Alumni Association, and was an active member
of the Canadian, Ontario and Toronto Home Economics Associations and
Cuisine Canada. She received the Sally Henry Memorial Award from OHEA
for showing a great enthusiasm for life, diverse interests, and sharing her knowledge and love of food with others.
Shirley Ann and Allan supported each other wholeheartedly in their careers
and drew on each other’s strengths.
Shirley Ann will be remembered for
her love of family, cooking and baking, gourmet food and wine,
international travel, bridge and euchre, hiking, cross-country skiing,
dancing, entertaining and planning parties, making new friends and
bringing people together in community. She was a member of Harcourt
United Church, Probus, the Canadian Federation of University Women
Guelph, as well as Red Hat, movie, bridge, meditation, and hiking groups.
She was a great neighbour and loved her Maple St. and River Mill friends.
She was a bright light in the world who touched others with her caring,
optimistic, generous, and courageous spirit.
A special thanks to all who provided support to Shirley Ann over the last
few months, especially her friends Marg Howard, Jeanne Forsythe, Mimi
Hamilton, and Tanya MacLaurin, her sister Pat McFee, and nurses and
doctors including Dr. Janet Nairn, Dr. Carrie Shafir, Victoria Coates and staff
of Nurse Next Door, and Bayshore Health Care and Guelph General
Memorial contributions can be made to the Shirley Ann Holmes
Scholarship at the University of Guelph which will be used to establish an
annual award for students studying in food and nutrition. We will negotiate
the specific terms of the award later, and will look for a deserving student
who shares similar passions and values to Shirley. If you need assistance,
please contact Kourtney Parker at email@example.com.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a celebration of Shirley Ann’s life will be held at
a future date.
Arrangements entrusted to the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 519-822-0051 or www.wallcustance.com.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Shirley Ann E. Holmes in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm.|