Shirley Dennis

Shirley Dennis

Thursday, May 16th, 1929 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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Shirley Dennis - It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Shirley Eileen (Rabb) Dennis on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, in her 92nd year.

Shirley was the wife of the late Harold Shannon (1982), and Ernest Dennis (2007). She lived her entire life in the Town of Minto.

She will be dearly missed by her children Wanda White, Brock (Tammy) Shannon, Mark Shannon, Greg (Brenda) Shannon, and Jeff (Kim) Shannon, Teri-Lin (Kevin Parson) Mulholland, as well as stepson Terry (Fran) Dennis.

Shirley was the loving grandmother of Jared (Aarika), Joshua (Amanda), Samantha (Jeremy), Hugh (Sasha), Faith, Emily, Beth, Katherine, Drew, Lindsay (Alex Popescu), Kara, Greg (Jen), Chris, Tom, Michael, Katrina, Sonja, and Sydney.

‘GG’ to Aiden and Abigail, Sophia and Amelia, Karynna, Alixander, and Adley, Shirley was also eagerly anticipating the birth of two new great-grandbabies.

Many nieces and nephews morn the loss of their Aunt Shirley.

She was the last surviving member of her large family. She was only 4 years of age when her father died and her mother was left to raise nine children through the depression and WWII. Shirley was predeceased by her parents William and Nellie (MacLean) Rabb as well as her siblings Bill (Phyllis) Rabb, Mac (Jean) Rabb, Gordon (Corry) Rabb, Allan (Doris) Rabb, Abbie (Charlie) McCallister, Helen (Chuck) Daniel, Phyllis (Al Arnett), (Jack) Blacker, Joan (Lloyd) Greenwood.

She was also predeceased by Harold’s siblings Ralph (Janet) and Chester (Marjory) Shannon, Blanche (Ray) Ash, Isobel (Scotty) MacLean, and Verna (John) Kane. Also predeceased in death by Ernie’s siblings Goldora (Bob) Simmons, Della McGee, Myrtle Harper, Ruby Morgan, Ramona Dick, Bernice (Herman) Casemore, Beulah, Stanley, Clayton, Russell, Earl, Raymond, Kenneth, and Dunnevan Dennis. Her son-in-law Gary White and several nieces and nephews also predeceased her.

Mom was a lady of great faith, was very giving and a lifelong volunteer. She came from a long line of community minded souls and always had a ready smile and a cheerful word despite her own tribulations.

Visitation will be held at the Hardy Lee Funeral Home, Harriston on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors must schedule a time by selecting RSVP under the service details on Shirley’s page, or by calling the funeral home at 519-338-2441. Everyone attending must wear a mask.

The funeral service will be held at Harriston United Church on Saturday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Jessica Cottrell officiating. Interment in Harriston Cemetery.

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The family would like to thank Drs. Cressey, Wielgosz, and Schwartz for their excellent care. Thanks also to the staff at Royal Terrace Retirement Home in Palmerston, Freeport Hospital in Kitchener, as well CCAC for their support and expertise.

Memorial donations, in Shirley’s name, to Palmerston Hospital, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Hardy-Lee Funeral Home
    44 John St. S.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation will be held at the Hardy Lee Funeral Home, Harriston on Friday from 6 to 8 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors must schedule a time by selecting RSVP (above), or by calling the funeral home at 519-338-2441. Everyone attending must wear a mask.
  • Service

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Harriston United Church
    57 Young St. W.
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    Click here to view service.
    Rev. Jessica Cottrell
  • Interment

    Harriston Cemetery
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Posted at 04:08pm
Shirley was a beautiful, special lady. My mother June loved her like a sister and I believe the feelings were mutual. They supported each other these last couple years in the Royal Terrace. Our whole family will miss her .. even my dog Frankie knew she could go to Shirley for a loving pet.

Roger & Pat

Posted at 09:48am
Family of the Late Shirley Dennis:
We are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
It was always a pleasure to have a visit with Shirley, she was always cheerful and kind.
Please accept our sincere condolences in your loss.
Roger & Pat Simmons

Linda Rabb

Posted at 08:32pm
To The Family:
It was so sad to receive word from Wanda that her mom Aunt Shirley, had passed away
Bill & I were planning to visit her once again upon her arrival back to Harriston/ Palmerston
Aunt Shirley was so special to our family
Enjoyed her stories and her long conversations on various topics. She would tell Bill to make sure and don't leave the rhubarb leaves on the ground! Shirley was loved by all and never complained eventhough at times you knew she was struggling
She will be missed but we can only keep the beautiful memories close to our hearts
Linda & Bill Rabb


Lorna Webster

Posted at 02:47pm
MANY, MANY years ago, when all our children were so very much younger, my husband Wayne Webster & myself (Lorna) spent at least one or two reunions at Ziontario campgrounds camped in our trailer on the ringroad in the camping spot right next to Shirley & her family. That is where I got to know her as well as some of her children, as I enjoyed friendship & conversation with Shirley during those weeks. Many years later, I spent several years in the Ottawa congregation, & developed a meaningful friendship with Wanda White & her 2 sons. I always felt welcomed by them, & enjoyed visits together (then & occasionally since). When I had major health issues, & spent a couple of months in the hospitals in Ottawa, Wanda was a strong support, advisor, & encourager - to my daughter Cheryl during this time. She still has many fond memories of Wanda White as a result.
I am so sorry for your loss - Shirley always had a smile & was welcoming & caring to all she met. Many of her family carry on those special gifts, in the places where they live. My life has been enriched by knowing her & her family.
Lots of prayers of support for all of you in the days, weeks, months ahead, as you continue your life journey a little differently without her. Lorna

Kim Shannon Posted at 10:47am

Thank you for sharing Lorna. She will be dearly missed. Kim Shannon (Leney)

Tim Stanlick

Posted at 01:05pm
My sincere condolences to you Wanda and the family. May God's grave and love surround your family and hold you in steadfast faith. My prayers are offered in your support and love.
Tim Stanlick

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