Shirley Hunt Chartrand
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Shirley Hunt Chartrand peacefully passed on December 2, 2020, at the age of 95. Shirley was born on October 24, 1925, on Staten Island, New York to Elmer Fleetwood Hunt and Lowra Pace Hunt. Their home sat on the highest hillside overlooking the harbor. Her father told her and her older sister, Beverly, the name of every cruise ship and tub boat going in and out of the harbor.

Shirley kept asking her father for a horse but he continually declined. When she soon asked for flying lessons, her father decided that riding a horse would be much safer than flying lessons. His reply was simply: "Go buy a horse today!!" Shirley enjoyed riding her horse all over Staten Island especially since the island was quite rural in the early 40's. For college, she attended Bennett College in New York.

Her family would spend the month of August at Lake Placid Country Club. This is where she met her first husband, Victor J. Chartrand from New Jersey. They married in September of 1948. They had two children, Craig and Renee, who were also born on Staten Island. After she and Victor were divorced in 1957, Shirley moved to Scottsdale with her two children - driving all the way in a Studebaker.

Eventually, she met and married William D. Eikner in Scottsdale in 1960. They divorced in 1968.

Shirley was a wonderful and caring Mother who stayed active with volunteer work as well as riding and showing her horses. She stayed involved with the different horse shows in Arizona but the 'Carousel Horse Show' was her first love. She also loved riding 'Ol Blue' in the Scottsdale Parada del Sol along with one or two of her children.

Her other favorite horse show was the Del Mar State Fair Equestrian Show. She rented the same beach bungalow every summer. This was the main annual summer family vacation to gather her children and grandchildren.

Besides horses, Shirley always had a Great Dane or two that she obtained from a Great Dane Rescue Group, along with a few parrots, a raccoon, and desert tortoises. Never a dull moment. She also collected old horse brasses and enjoyed reading, puzzles, and doing crossword puzzles.

Because of her involvement with horse shows in Arizona, she became good friends with Patricia and Raoul Castro. When Mr. Castro became Governor of Arizona, she volunteered to be Pat's Social Secretary. She enjoyed her 'Social' obligations in this. Then, when Governor Castro was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, Shirley went with them for a few months to help them get settled and assist with entertaining other area dignitaries.

Shirley is survived by her Children - Craig and Renee; Grandchildren - Christopher, John, Lowren and Megan; and five Great Grand Children.

They will always have the memory of their beloved Mother and Grandmother to live on within them, not as a monument to misery but as a source of strength, love and inspiration. To everyone who knew and loved Shirley, she was "Best of Show."




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Shirley was one of the classiest ladies I have ever met. I so enjoyed her friendship.....carry on ❤❤❤❤❤
Donna
Friend
January 13, 2021
I am deeply saddened to just hear this news. I was honored to be her friend and to spend hours of wonderful times with her at various horse events and meetings. She was the backbone of the Desert Show Horse Association and the Saddlebred Association for many years. She spent countless hours keeping all the many trophies in good repair and shined up to be presented at each horse show. I so appreciate all the wonderful times we spent talking and laughing about the "good ole days". Thanks for all the memories. My love to her family. Rest in Peace dear friend.
Melva Bohn
Friend
January 12, 2021
Such a wonderful person & did so much for our horse community! ❤❤❤
Judy
Friend
January 11, 2021
I am deeply grieved by this news. Shirley was caretaker of the perpetual trophies for the Carousel Horseshow and the Arizona Saddlebred Futurity for 40 years. I attended the shows with great enthusiasm and i showed my two weanling foals. Shirley me and said she wants me to take over the perpetual trophies. This was 2009 and you just don't turn her . It was a huge undertaking and an honor. I lovingly cared for the trophies for 10 years. Shirley and i sat together at the shows through those years and she taught me so much about show etiquette , who was who, about judging, about horses. One day i sat down and said, "Guess what? I adopted a mustang!" She responded with " No kidding? So did i! Only mine has 350 hp." That was her sass. She had a great sense of humor and we laughed a lot. I wouldn't trade those years for anything! I'm going to miss you my friend! Until we meet again!
Cindy Mathers
Friend
January 10, 2021
I would like to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to the the Chartrand family. I knew Craig Chartrand during my high school years when I was a swimmer on the Coronado swim team.
Thomas D Wisener
January 10, 2021
What a great life she had! R.I.P. Shirley
Mickey Hegg
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