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Shirley Grace JEFFRIES
1936 - 2020
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SHIRLEY GRACE JEFFRIES (née McNally) December 1, 1936 - July 14, 2020 We are heartbroken to announce the death of our mother Shirley Grace on July 14, 2020. Shirley died surrounded by her children and grandchildren after a debilitating struggle with cancer. Shirley is predeceased by her parents Avis and Hugh, her sister Mary, brother Hugh, half-brother Bruce, and second husband Terry. She is survived by her sisters Ruth and Pat (Phil), and sister-in-law Charlene, half-brothers Ben and Charles, daughters Nancy (Jon) and Kelly, grandchildren Emma (Bryan), Lauren, Meghan, Mackenzie, and Madison, great-grandchildren Franklin and Winifred, wonderful extended family, and an extensive network of friends. Shirley is also survived by her first husband Jerry MacKenzie, our father. Shirley was born in Georgetown in 1936 to a large family that struggled during the Depression. Her mother Avis worked hard to keep the children together, eventually relocating them all to a 10-foot wide home on O'Hara Avenue in Toronto. Shirley continued the tradition of valuing family above all. According to her, there was always room for one (or ten!) more. It is the power of family that is her greatest legacy, one that she has passed on to future generations. She was a beautiful writer and poet - passionate about the power of words and language. She was proud to have obtained her BA later in life. Surrounded by books, she was a thinker, philosopher, and teacher. She loved the exchange of knowledge and engaging others in debate. Symbolism and metaphors were the world in which she lived and breathed. To know Shirley was to know how this was fundamental to her. She was a strong advocate of women's self-determination - always ahead of her time, unwilling to conform, unwilling to sacrifice her autonomy. She spent a lifetime uplifting the women around her. Mom wanted nothing more than to die on her terms, with dignity and grace, at home. The family thanks Dr. Russell Goldman and nurse Nahid and the rest of the palliative care team; their support was invaluable in allowing us to care for our mom at home. There are so many others to thank, who helped in innumerable ways in the final months of her life. In keeping with Shirley's beliefs, donations can be directed to causes that address the wellbeing of women and LGBTQ2-Spirit+ people. Please raise a glass at cocktail hour in honour of our mom. Arrangements managed by Morley Bedford Funeral Services www.morleybedford.ca. A celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 18 to Jul. 22, 2020.
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July 22, 2020


We knew Shirley as wife of our Uncle Terry Jeffries and we have many fond memories of Jeffries family gatherings. We enjoyed earnest discussions, warmth, lighthearted moments, and many laughs with Shirley. We offer our condolences to Nancy and Kelly, their families and the rest of Shirley's family. With love, Terry Hall and Jane Ford
Terry Hall and Jane Ford
July 21, 2020
We had the great joy of meeting Shirley in the early morning as we all valiantly tried to remain fit. Her wit, her utter joy in life and her deep love of family were evident. So sad to hear of her passing.

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Valerie Lemieux
July 19, 2020
We have known Shirley for over 15 years - she touched us deeply. Her wisdom, her laughter, and her courage to embrace life and whatever it brings....we will miss her.
With love,
Jen and Lori
July 19, 2020
Someone so special will never be forgotten. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Love,
Ruth and Pirie
Ruth Mardlin
Friend
July 18, 2020
Shirley was a good friend to her extended family. You were a great listener and always positive and ready for a good laugh Shirley.
I loved when we were on the same golfing team. We praised each other on the good shots, and teased each other on the not so good ones, and had fun doing it.
I will miss you so much Shirley, along with your extended family, but you will always be in our conversations, in our hearts and in our thoughts.
Rest In Peace dear friend.
Florence Gibbons (Flo)
Florence Gibbons
July 18, 2020
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Shirley (who my children affectionately referred to as Gramma Shirley). She was a bright light on our street, always cheerful, funny and warm. Our sincere condolences go out to Shirleys family. We will fondly remember the profound effect she had on us.
Elise, Stan, Christopher, Matt and Dina Vyriotes.
Elise Vyriotes
Neighbor
July 18, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Florence Gibbons
July 18, 2020
To our beautiful Shirley you always brought happiness to us every Monday. You will truly be missed at the golf course and to your extended familia.

Flemingdon Park Golf Course
Flemingdon Park
July 18, 2020
Karen Forsey
Family
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