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SCHMIDT, Shirley Barbara (nee Bartlett)

SCHMIDT, Shirley Barbara (nee Bartlett)

It is with great sadness that the family of Shirley Schmidt announces her passing on July 27, 2022.

Shirley leaves a legacy of love to her four surviving children: Gerald Jack, Sheila McCourt, Terry Jack, & Diana Gillies; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She will also be dearly missed by her brother, Ray Bartlett, and her sister, Patricia Kazimer; her numerous nieces and nephews; and her many dear friends. Sadly, she was predeceased by the love of her life, Karl Schmidt; sons Donald Jack & Gordon Jack; as well as her granddaughter Jessica Dawn Jack.

Shirley was born August 25, 1931, to Herbert "Tommy" and Ada Bartlett, a proud military family, at Calgary Alberta. Shirley followed the family tradition by joining the Militia in 1961, the 746 Communication Squadron Calgary, where she served for 20 years. Tommy and Ada demonstrated a lifetime of service, an example which Shirley followed all her days.

Shirley was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 26 and a proud, multifaceted, active volunteer for over 41 years. During those years Shirley was able to raise thousands of dollars for the Poppy Campaign as well as the spirits of all she encountered. Shirley organized the Legion's monthly wheelchair socials, as well as visiting veterans at Cottonwoods Care Home for over two decades. Shirley would always respond when asked to serve in the Legion Branch 26 Honour Guard, no matter what the weather. Shirley was also a driving force behind a number of dances and social events held at the Legion, and some might remember her remarkable singing voice at said events!

Shirley was also an active volunteer in the community since she moved to Kelowna in 1980. Shirley volunteered with ADRA locally for 18 years. She was one of the founding members of The Raging Grannies and was once on the RCMP's most wanted list for some of their exploits, one of her proudest moments! Shirley also volunteered many hours with Kelowna Community Theatre, as well as The Kelowna Hostesses, and anyone else who asked for her help.

In 1995, Shirley was recognized by the city of Kelowna for all her good work when she received the Sarah Donalda Treadgold Woman of the Year award. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee medal, and in 2015 the Capital News Community Leader Awards named Shirley Service Organization Volunteer of the year.

Shirley will be dearly missed by her family and all her friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency - Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, www.bccancer.bc.ca.

A Celebration of Life will be held on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2022, at 4:00 PM, at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Clair Jantzen will be officiating, Interment will follow at a later date in the Field of Honour Queen's Park Cemetery in Calgary, AB. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

To view the Livestream/recording or send the family condolences, photos, and memories, please visit her obituary page at www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/schmidt-shirley-barbara-nee-bartlett
Condolence Messages
  • Aug 18, 2022
    My sympathy to all of Shirleys family. I have known Shirley for approx. 19 years as she was my neighbor and everyone one called us twins, as when the Poppy campaigne was on she would be at the table for the Legion and I would be at the table in Rutland for the Army Navy 7 Airforce #376 and people would ask me how I was and how the Legion was doing thinking I was Shirley and vice versa they would ask Shirley how The ANAF was doing . Even the people would say I seen your picture in the Courier and it was Shirleys/ I will truly miss her and phone calls RIP Your "Twin" sister - Jean Bigler
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing.
    She was a total joy to be around.
    I shall miss her smiling face.
    Love you Shirley, Sharon C.
    - Sharon C.
  • Aug 12, 2022
    I am sorry to read of Shirley's passing. Our paths crossed a number of times throughout the years. She regularly visited Veterans who were Cottonwoods' residents. I remember a particular day when I was making my Hospice rounds there, Shirley was so proud to introduce me to her granddaughter Jessica who was one of the new "Candy Stripers" at the time. Condolences to the family. Donna N.
  • Aug 12, 2022
    So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. We were neighbours in the early 1980’s on Mountain Ave and shared many laughs over the years. She was a vibrant soul, full of energy and fun. One of Kelowna’s finest citizens.
    Patti and Lorne Buna
  • Aug 11, 2022
    Shirley was a wonderful and dedicated member of Branch 26 and my dad, Jack Robson was honoured to serve in the honour guard with her. Condolences to the family. Such good memories. Deborah Robson and family.
  • Aug 11, 2022
    I will miss her smiling face and her wonderful sense of humour! My Dad and my family will always treasure the times we got to see her. I didn't get an opportunity to spend much time with her but she will always stay in my heart ...RIP Dear Shirley...I will always remember you
    Jan Rauter and Dick Norton and Family
  • Aug 11, 2022
    Shirley has been missed the past couple years age she slowed down a bit...she still attended as Honour Guatd at services and sometimes drove her motorized scooter to the Legion
    Most everyone remembers Shirley's willingness to do what ever needed attention....kudos to a great lady ..our Legion is so lucky to have been part of her life.
    Darlene and Jim McCaffery ,
  • Aug 11, 2022
    Always smiling, that's how I will remember Shirley. November 11th will be my day to remember this very fun and fine, fine lady. From one Shirley to another, Shirley Lowe from the old ANAF Club
  • Aug 11, 2022
    I am so sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. I loved that lady. She always had a smile. I will miss her.
    Cathy Codd
  • Aug 10, 2022
    Shirley was an inspiration to me, and a gift to Kelowna! We met at the Legion many years ago, where I was often with Mom, a proud veteran.
    And I loved seeing her at the Remembrance festivities, Nov. 11th, at the Parkinson Rec. Centre. Always proudly in uniform, with a huge smile on her face.
    I was amazed at Shirley's wonderful sense of humour, her love of life, and her dedication to helping people.
    Her pride in what she did for the Legion and for Kelowna, will always stay with me. She was such a love!
    Thank you Shirley. I will always remember you.
    Hilary Maranda,
  • Aug 10, 2022
    What a wonderful lady. Thank you for your service to our country and to our city.
    Frank & Jeri Truman
  • Aug 10, 2022
    I worked with Shirley for many years with Kelowna Hostesses. She was a joy to be around and always lots of fun. Such a pretty smile like her photo shows. My condolences to her family. She will be missed.
    Gayle Dodd
  • Aug 10, 2022
    To the Jack Family! Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your amazing Mother and Grandmother. She was truly a friend to everyone. Sure enjoyed meeting with her all over town with that energy and smile! May she rest in Peace! Your work is done Shirley!
    Don & Connie Urquhart
  • Aug 10, 2022
    Shirley was a life long volunteer. Being a volunteer is at the core of being a human. No one makes it through life without someone's help. Rest in Peace Shirley dear
    Ann Ganser
  • Aug 10, 2022
    R.I.P. Shirley
    Thank you for your service to our country.
    Sincerely Rick V
  • Aug 10, 2022
    To the Schmidt family I am so sad to learn that Shirley has passed away. She was such a beautiful lady and always a delight to work with. She was a Kelowna Hostess for many years and always there to help when you needed those extra pair of hands. Please keep all your loving memories close to your hearts and and they will always be be safe. Sending love and prayers. Lillian Moller
  • Aug 10, 2022
    Shirley did a lot of volunteering. I volunteered at Cottonwoods. She had quite the smile! I will remember her on November 11! She was quite a lovely lady! Shirley was very generous too! She will be missed. Condolences to the family! From Byron Currie.
  • Aug 10, 2022
    Condolences to the friends and family of Shirley she was the sweetest lady I loved getting my poppies from her she was such a bundle of energy she will be missed and whenever I wear my poppy I will remember sweet Shirley, Rest In Peace
  • Aug 10, 2022
    Shirley and I first met when she was a wardrobe mistress for Theatre Kelowna's production of "Annie" in the early 80s. She was a dynamo then and never slowed down in the decades that followed. Our paths would cross at so many events where she would be volunteering. Her big, beautiful smile and strong hugs - no matter if she was feeling aches and pains - were a constant and so lovely to receive. Shirley's obituary captures so well the spirit of a dynamic, generous, caring and genuinely benevolent woman. I will miss those hugs, but I am sending mine to each member of Shirley's beloved family. Condolences to you all.
    Donna Rubadeau