Name: Shirley Frances (Quenett) Mortenson
From: Regina Leader Post,
Regina, Saskatchewan Canada
Date: Saturday, Mar 19, 2016
Shirley Mortenson 1924 – 2016
Shirley was born in Regina, Sask. on November 2,1924. Her father, "Slim" Quenett, was a gifted automotive mechanic and that skill took him to several small Saskatchewan towns including Govan. While living and going to school in Govan, Shirley met her future husband Ward Mortenson. After Ward returned from his Naval duties in WWII, they were married July 31, 1946. They resided on the family farm until 2007 when they moved to Centennial Manor in Strasbourg. The last few months of Shirley's life were spent in the Pioneer Village Care Home in Regina where she passed away March 6, 2016.
Shirley had many interests. She enjoyed sports, both competing and as a spectator. She was an avid curler and was a Roughrider season ticket holder for 45 years. She also cheered for the Blue Jays. Shirley was a long-time member of the Lakeshore Women's Institute, Federated Women's Institutes of Canada, and the Associated Country Women of the World. She attended several international conferences, including trips to USA, Holland and New Zealand. 4H also had a place in her heart where she spent over 15 years as the general leader of the Govan 4H Homecraft Club. She was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Last Mountain Regional Park was her passion. Hers was one of the first two cabins in the park with only a scrub poplar bluff in the distance. April was not too early and October was not too late to live at the cabin. Her yard and flower beds were a showpiece of the Park. She loved it when family and friends came to stay at the Park for a week or two. She particularly enjoyed having the family there for a wiener roast and to visit around the campfire. For many years she coordinated the Red Cross learn to swim program as well as filling the role of park administrator.
Shirley was predeceased by her husband Ward in September 2015; daughter Beverley in February 2016; brother- in-law Don E. Mortenson in May 2015; as well as sisters Lois (Al) Baffo and Beth (Neil) Upshall. She leaves to mourn son Don (Carolyn) Mortenson, son Howard (Brenda) Mortenson and daughter Lois (Larry) Trowell; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also, brother Bob (Connie) Quenett, brother-in-law Lorne (Velda) Mortenson, sister-in-law Ruth (Walter) Leverton and sister-in-law Frankie Mortenson, along with numerous nieces and nephews. A private family gathering will be held to celebrate her life at a later date. Hansen's Funeral Home, Strasbourg in care of arrangements.