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Shirley Juliana Mary VANOORSCHOT
Père : Ed VANOORSCHOT
Mère : Eke Delange
Décès le : 2006-08-29
Parution : 2006-08-31
Conjoint(e) : David Meagher
Paru dans : Telegraph Journal, St. John, NB

MEAGHER, JULIANA MARY (VANOORSCHOT) - Shirley Juliana Mary (vanOorschot) Meagher, of 4 Leicester St., Fredericton, died at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Fredericton, on Tuesday, August 29, 2006. She was 48. Born in St. Quentin, N.B., she was the third of nine children of Ed and Eke (Delange) vanOorschot of Old Black River Road, N.B. Shirley was truly a miracle – a gift of courage, faith, generosity, and gentleness. She lived with a rare congenital heart defect that caused a number of serious health scares. In each case, she more than survived: Shirley led a full life, with humor and dignity. Shirley will be remembered for her love of children. She was a nanny for many years, tending to children in Fredericton, Saint John, and Ontario. Shirley was especially close to her nieces and nephews. She loved to play, talk, and joke with them. She was also close to three children belonging to Kit and Gordon Emms of Fredericton as well as three children belonging to Michael and Debbie Whitty, her husband's uncle. Shirley loved to read. She frequently signed out two full tote bags of books from the Fredericton Public Library. She read voraciously, blessed with a wide taste in writers. She had the uncanny ability to read while sewing or knitting. Shirley also loved to volunteer. She gave of herself at the Fredericton Public Library, the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital and the recently-completed Veterans' Unit in Fredericton. Shirley had a deep affection for her Dutch heritage. She was fluently bilingual – English and Dutch – and visited The Netherlands four times. Her most recent goal was to master French. From an early age, Shirley developed a love of animals. She fondly remembered her family's dog, Mitzie, as well as any number of other animals. She found solace and companionship with three dogs she and her husband had over the past several years. Shirley met her future husband, David Meagher, in January, 1988. They married on Sept. 3, 1989, on Old Black River Road. Despite her health, Shirley had the strength to support her husband unconditionally. They did not have any children. Shirley is survived by her parents; her husband; five sisters, Darlene Corkett and husband David of Barrie, Ont., Cecily vanOorschot of Quispamsis, N.B., Patricia Deering and husband Greg of St. Stephen, N.B., Karin Lindsay and husband Tim of Old Black River Road, N.B., and Danielle Bruce and husband Ken of Quispamsis; three brothers, Michael of Barrie, Ont., John of Sudbury, Ont., and Thomas of Calgary, Alta.; three godchildren and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. The body is resting at A.W. Cavanagh Funeral Home, 91 Leinster St., Saint John (634-1712). The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Loch Lomond Road, Saint John (immediately beyond the Saint John Airport) at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. Father Paul Riley will celebrate, con celebrated by Father Monte Peters and Father Ray Stack. Interment will take place at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Old Black River Road followed by a reception at the Seaview Community Club. No flowers by request. Donations may be made to L'Arche Saint John or to the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to A.W. Cavanagh Funeral Home. www.awcavanagh.com [The Telegraph-Journal]

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