Shirley Dobni passed away on December 27, 2018 in Claresholm, Alberta.
Shirley was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan in 1932 to Dave and Margaret Smith, who farmed the original Smith homestead in the Merrington district. Shirley was the last remaining member of the Smith family which included sister Louvaine Sutherland and brothers Verdon, Blake and Blaine. Shirley was also predeceased by her husband Jim Dobni in 2008. Left to mourn her are her family Brenda and Stuart, Bob and Judy, Scott and Cara, grandchildren Layne (Matt), Brett, Jennifer (Glenn), James, Lauren, Curtis, and great grandchildren, Hayden, Luxxin, Ransom, and Ayla. Also remaining are many nieces and nephews from both the Dobni and Smith families, and cousin Dianne Wilson.
Anyone who knew Shirley will know her two greatest loves were her family and the company of good friends (and probably some shopping in there too). She always enjoyed a coffee or a walk with friends such as Arlene, Gloria, and Glenda. Or maybe stopping in at the A&W to visit with Patty and the coffee gals - Jeannette and Amy to name a few. She worked in Longtin’s drug store for many years with Phyllis and prior to that she helped run the bookstore she and Jim started. Old friends passing thru town like the Linfoots, the Pinders, Hartleys, Sundstroms would always stop in for a good visit and maybe if the timing was right - a home cooked supper with a delicious pie for dessert.
Many years were spent volunteering in the Royal Purple with friends such as Mary, Louvaine and Doris to name just a few. In later years, golfing with Jim and many other good friends and family became a fun pastime for Shirley. Closer to home the neighbours were always there for her too… Eulalia and Nadia who still kept in touch with her through the years, and fond memories of many of our close Kindersley neighbours. Some of her closest friends were also her family…Louvaine, Marlene, Margaret, Helen, Anne, and Suzie. These were just some of the special people in Shirley’s life during her time in Kindersley.
After living in Kindersley nearly all of their lives, Jim and Shirley moved to Claresholm, Alberta in 2005 after major health issues for Shirley. Having helped Jim with his health concerns for many years, it was time for family to rally around Shirley. Alberta was the most logical place to be with her kids and grandkids all nearby and she was able to make it to many of the grandkids‘ sporting, school, and musical events. Eventually, Shirley did so well she got back to many of her old routines again. She set out to meet new friends in Claresholm including Frances, Ebba, Bea, Iris and even helping to form a coffee group in Claresholm called the “go getters” with new friend Eileen. A phone call from Arlene, Paula, Maxine, Audrey, or Shirley Regan from old Kindersley days would brighten her day. She was especially fortunate to get a phone call weekly from her childhood and lifelong friend Joan who kept her going with stories from the past.
That is what made Mom happy, being with her kids and grandkids, visiting them wherever they were, bringing them cookies and muffins of course. She was also surrounded and supported by great and wonderful friends. Mom and Dad gliding beautifully around the dance floor is a special memory we will treasure. It was a good life and her family appreciates the roles everyone played in it.
No service will be held and a family internment will take place in Kindersley in the summer. Hopefully we can reunite then.