Shirley Fitzpatrick Obituary

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Shirley Eileen Fitzpatrick

January 21, 1924 - March 27, 2014
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.Shirley (Hatlelid) Fitzpatrick long time resident of Wood Mountain, SK passed away March 27, 2014. Shirley was born January 21, 1924 in Lafleche, SK the oldest child of Martin and Emma Hatlelid. Shirley had two brothers, Tom and Don and a sister Avis. Shirley attended Tumbridge Wells rural school with her brothers and sister. She was able to complete several high school grades through government correspondence school. To finish grades 11 and 12, Shirley stayed with her aunt in Lafleche. Shirley decided at a very early age to be a teacher and when she was able travelled to Regina for training in 1941-42. In Regina, Shirley walked to...
.Shirley (Hatlelid) Fitzpatrick long time resident of Wood Mountain, SK passed away March 27, 2014. Shirley was born January 21, 1924 in Lafleche, SK the oldest child of Martin and Emma Hatlelid. Shirley had two brothers, Tom and Don and a sister Avis. Shirley attended Tumbridge Wells rural school with her brothers and sister. She was able to complete several high school grades through government correspondence school. To finish grades 11 and 12, Shirley stayed with her aunt in Lafleche. Shirley decided at a very early age to be a teacher and when she was able travelled to Regina for training in 1941-42. In Regina, Shirley walked to classes at Lakeview School as the Normal School had been taken over by the air force for training purposes during WWII. There was a teacher shortage at the time and Shirley, along with other students, was allowed to graduate early with an interim First Class teaching certificate. Shirley taught in many rural schools throughout southern Saskatchewan, including One Four, Alloa and Bluff Creek. In 1947-48 Shirley taught with her sister Avis at the two room school in Wood Mountain. It was the year she would meet her future husband Pat Fitzpatrick, a returned air force veteran and local rancher. They were married in October 1948, and had three sons, Kelly, Kim and Guy. Pat and Shirley took over Shirley's family farm and she made her home there for the next 60 years. Shirley returned to teaching in 1957 and in 1961 received her B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan. She spent several summers correcting Departmental exams. In the fall of 1966 Shirley took a position in Glentworth, teaching mainly in the high school for 14 years. She also served on the Departmental Division for the English Curriculum Committee. She was a dedicated teacher and mentor to many. Shirley had a great sense of humor, and was passionate about her community. She was a founding member of the Wood Mountain United Church, continuing her education to become a 'Lay' minister. Shirley was active in many groups including the Wood Mountain Horticultural and Historical Societies, the Glentworth Legion and Benchmark Theater. Shirley's house was always full, whether with family and grandchildren, hired hands or neighbors and visitors. She loved reading, teaching, travelling, poetry and a good game of cribbage. Shirley had an amazing love for nature and its beauty. Shirley often thought it was a pity one goes through life only once without a second chance to profit from lessons learned along the way. Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. (Mark Twain)Special thanks to all the staff of the Prairie Villa, Lafleche Nursing Home and the Foyer d'Youville in Gravelbourg where Shirley spent her last years. A memorial for Shirley was held at the Wood Mountain Community Hall on April 5, 2014 followed by a lunch provided by the Wood Mountain Hall Board. Taking part in the program were former students, neighbors and friends, Clint and Dawn Mitchell, Lynn Thomas, Louise Popescul, friend Anne Burns and grandchildren, Jay, Clair, Jan and Rhett Fitzpatrick. Shirley is predeceased by her husband Pat, son Guy, brothers Tom and Don Hatlelid, brothers-in-law Ed and George Fitzpatrick. Shirley is survived by family Kelly and Judy, Kim and Christal, grandchildren Jay, Lynn. Clair, Rhett, Jan, Coll, Sara (Jon) Hamm, great-granddaughter Elizabeth Hamm, her sister Avis and brother-in-law Henry Frank, sisters-in-law Phyllis and Erna Hatlelid, Doris and Margaret Fitzpatrick and numerous extended family members. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK. An online book of condolences may be signed at www.rossfuneralservice.com

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