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Shirley B. Brown

Shirley B. Brown

April 25, 2023

Shirley B. Brown

BROWN, Shirley B. - Heaven gained another angel today. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend. Shirley Berniece (née Smith) Brown passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, surrounded by her children, son-in-law and family friend. She was a lifelong resident of the Mount Forest area. Born on June 26, 1935 to parents Willard and Ethel Smith. On October 24, 1953 she married Glenn Brown (predeceased 2012) and together they proudly raised five children. She was a loving sister to Howard (Velma), Stanley, Thelma (Gordon), and Violet (Archie) who have all predeceased her. She is survived by her sister-in-law Margaret Smith, and many nieces and nephews. Loving mother of Cheryl, David (Tammy), Janet (Dave), and Heather (Dave). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Denise (Tony), Kevin (Kim), Holly (Kevin), and Jason, her great-grandchildren Landon, Hailey, Trevor, Lyla, and Devin. She will be missed by her long-time friend and lunch mate Lois Seguss, and by her many other friends. Shirley was predeceased her daughter Margaret, son-in-law Douglas, baby daughter Lois Marie, and her grandson-in-law Paul.

Many happy hours were spent playing cards with family and friends, enjoying lots of laughs and good natured competition. Her family would like to thank Dr. Weinstein and the staff at Louise Marshall Hospital for their excellent care.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m., where the funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Forest Cemetery with a luncheon at the Mount Forest United Church. If you are unable to attend the service in person, you are invited to view the livestream by visiting www.englandfuneralhome.com and clicking on the link below Shirley’s obituary. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Shirley are asked to support the charities of the local thrift store, Cancer Patient Services or the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation. 

Funeral Service for Shirley B. Brown


I am sorry for your loss of your mom Sheryl and siblings

you can reach me on messenger or Facebook messenger I believe

— Joyce Marilyn Kirkness, June 4, 2023

Janet, Dave and family, SIncere sympathies.
The McNamara's

— The McNamara's, April 30, 2023

When my family moved to our Egremont Township farm in 1972 the Brown family were one of the first families we met as they had a farm just around the corner. I remember many fun times hanging out at their farm with daughter Margaret and the family. The "crick" was at their corner and we spent many a hot day swimming there. Our parents enjoyed music and dancing and Mom remembers Glenn and Shirley doing the chauteusi dance. Eventually Glenn and Shirley moved into town and Scott, Ben Meyer and Tyler Smith were the first of many kids she babysat at her house. She babysat both Scott and Dana and cousins Brett and Kaleb. She was our "Shirsh". She loved the kids as her own and was the best Shirsh. They all still call her Shirsh. She was a fun, loving, caring gal who loved to dance and play her cards and she will be greatly missed. Mom and Dad just reconnected with her when they arrived back in Mount Forest and became neighbours again and they are very blessed to have had that time with Shirsh. We all love you and will miss you Shirsh. Our deepest condolences to all of Shirsh's family and I know they all have many wonderful memories as well that they will carry in their hearts and help them through this sad time. Hugs and blessings to you all. Rest in Peace Shirsh. We all love you and will miss you greatly. Wayne and Sue Coulson, Marie, Scott, Dana and family. xoxoxo

— Marie Plume, April 30, 2023

To the Brown family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley aka Grandma Brown. My sincere condolences to you all.

— Jennifer Wood, April 29, 2023

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Shirley. She was a wonderful woman and we would like to pass on our condolences to the entire family. I’ve known her since Heather and I were in Kindergarten. Our thoughts are with you all. Diane, Peter, Michael and Jenny Manojlovic

— Diane Manojlovic, April 28, 2023

Our sons, Brett & Kaleb treasure many fond memories, as do we, of your mom, “Shirsh” as they called her, when she babysat them. This Easter Weekend we were reminiscing about her when Kaleb’s son was wearing one of the many sweaters she had knitted for the boys. She would always inquire about the boys when you bumped into her. She was a kind, loving person 😊.
May your memories bring your comfort at this difficult time

— Bill & Kathy REEVES, April 27, 2023

Our deepest sympathy to Shirley’s family. She was a neighbour behind us for many years & I have fond memories of both Shirley & Glen in the backyard. Great lady who will be missed very much by many who knew her. RIP Shirley!

— Janet Freiburger, April 27, 2023

Dear Cheryl, David, Janet, Heather, and other family members,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you at this very sad time. After being neighbours in our earlier married life we had not met very often in recent years. But when we did, it was always to share stories of our families.
Our lifetimes have their "ups and downs" and this is one of those very sad "downs".
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pauline Brown

— Pauline Brown,, April 27, 2023

Heather - So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Wishing you peace and comfort in these difficult days.

— Heather Nickerson, April 27, 2023

My sincere condolences to all Shirley's family members. It was just a month or so that I saw Shirley at The Seniors' Club. She was playing euchre, I believe, and I had joined a board game. We always had a chat and a big smile for each other.
Shirley was a wonderful neighbour when I was living on the corner of James and North Water.
I did see and speak to her often when she picked up a neighbour here at Strathcona Village. Shirley was one of four ladies that sometimes lunched at the Spot restaurant, where I would occasionally see her and share a few words.
Many memories when we lived across the road from each other. It was a great neighbourhood.
Miriam Long

— Miriam Long, April 27, 2023

Heather - so sorry to hear about your Mom. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. My condolences.

— Sylvie Oulton, April 27, 2023

To the family: Sorry for your loss. My Mom and Dad ( Fred and Margaret Dinneen) thought the world of Shirley and Glen and Glen's Dad Neil, as back in the day they were the best of neighbors and most of all close friends you could count on when times were hard.

Rest in Peace

— ROBERT DINNEEN, April 27, 2023

Sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. She was a great neighbor on James Street.

— Dorothy Hicks, April 27, 2023

Janet, Dave and family.
Thinking of you as you as you hold all the precious memories in your hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joyce and Jim.

— Jim & Joyce Spence, April 27, 2023

Janet , Heather and all your family members my condolences go each of you.

— Margaret Dally, April 27, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Shirley’s family and friends. May the many wonderful memories you cherish soon eclipse the tears you shed. God Bless

— Irene Honeywell, April 27, 2023

Heather and family we are sorry for your loss . Our condolences and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Carl & Wendy Abbott

— Carl & Wendy Abbott, April 27, 2023

Hugs all around your Mom will be missed deeply. We know she will definitely be missed by all her euchre players . I still remember the first time I met her,and how she made me feel welcome. She was always a pleasure to visit when we were home . Love and hugs to all

— Larry and Cathy Reid, April 26, 2023

Heather & family - Rob and I send our deepest condolences to all of you during this very difficult time. Danica xo

— Danica Edmonds, April 26, 2023

Sending our deepest sympathies Cheryl, David, Janet (Dave) and Heather (Dave). So many great memories of summer visits to the farm growing up. Will always remember the sound of Aunt Shirley’s laugh.
The Honeywells,
York & Cynthia
Lynn & Kerry
Mark & Irene

— Cynthia Polk, April 26, 2023

Heather, you have my deepest condolences to you and all your family. You have wonderful memories of your Mom. Amazing lady.

— Isabel Black Primmer, April 26, 2023

Janet, we were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Hugs to you, Dave and your family.

— Tom and Jackie Cyr, April 26, 2023

Shirley was a very valued member of the Mount Forest Seniors Group. Her big smile, and sunny disposition made everyone feel welcome. She will be missed.
Rest in peace Shirley.

— Kay Ayres. President of the Mount Forest seniors Group, April 26, 2023

Heather - so sorry for your loss, thinking of you at this time. Carol & Ron Watson

— Carol Watson, April 26, 2023

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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