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Saturday February 2, 2013

Shirley Jean Northrup (Nee Paisley)
July 23, 1933 to January 25, 2013
With great sorrow, Shirley's family announces her death at home in the company of loved ones, at the age of 79. Beloved mother of Julie; Tish; Christopher (Grace); Sand (Jeanne Perreault): and Wendy (David Buston). Devoted grandmother to Daniel, David and Kerri Corail; Jason and Alexandra Northrup and Kamil Kwapich; Marina and Audrey Buston. Great grandmother (GG) to Robert, Aurora and Luna Corail.Predeceased by her son Christopher, parents Marjorie and Roy Paisley, brothers Douglas and Beverley Paisley and sister Sylvia Southcombe, Shirley is survived by her brother David Paisley (Janice) of Mississauga and sister Marjorie Pike (John) of Vancouver.Born in 1933 in Petrolia and raised in southern Ontario, Shirley's first career as a military wife spanned thirty years and took her and her family to Germany, the U.S., Belgium and across Canada. She settled in Ottawa in 1981 and enjoyed a career with the City of Ottawa where she helped shape the city in parking, licensing and with the Byward Market, developed policies and mentored numerous people. Shirley had an enormous impact on all who knew her. She was a trailblazer. She embraced life with an energy and enthusiasm that imbued all that she did. She cultivated an active interest in the theatre, the arts, politics, history, international travel and in everyone she met. Always gracious, Shirley connected people.Shirley inspired and enriched the lives of all who knew her. She will be lovingly remembered for her adventuresome spirit and for her infinite adaptability and perseverance. She is sorely missed and forever loved.If desired, memorial donations in Shirley's name may be made to the charity of your choice. Alternatively, contribute to your local art gallery, go to the theatre, buy an original painting directly from the artist, have tea or coffee with a loved one and always be prepared to discuss three topics.A lifetime celebration commemorating Shirley will be held on Saturday, March 30th at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. www.beechwoodcemetery.com

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