1962 - 2014

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Burr(2014)
Gary Burr sadly announces the passing of his best friend and loving wife, Shelley Jean Burr on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the age of 52 years. 
Shelley was born on May 18, 1962 in Medicine Hat, AB. As the youngest of four girls, she has always had a great sense of humour and loved to play tricks on her sisters and parents. Shelley attended school on the SE Hill in Medicine Hat, and graduated from Medicine Hat High School in 1980. 
For 31 years Shelley and Gary have been proud supporters to each other through life’s journey. They were blessed with two daughters, Karly and Dani. Both Gary and Shelley were involved in gymnastics during the girls’ childhood years. If Shelley wasn’t organizing Bingo volunteers, she was attending her favourite Tigers’ games or relaxing while watching one of Gary’s pool tournaments. 
Shelley was very hard-working and inspiring. With Gary’s support, she entered the Diploma of Nursing program in 1991 at the Medicine Hat College. She received her Diploma with Honours in 1993. While working as a Registered Nurse, she entered the Bachelor of Nursing program at the College through the University of Lethbridge, and graduated with her BN in 1997. 
For 18 years, Shelley worked as a Staff Oncology Nurse at the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre in Medicine Hat, where she touched the lives of many cancer patients and their families. In 2013, Shelley became the first Cancer Patient Navigator in Medicine Hat. This position allowed her to connect with newly diagnosed cancer patients and assist them in their journey by providing support and coordination of care. 
Spending time with friends and family was very important to her; she was a great friend. Her infectious and boisterous laugh helped put everyone at ease. Shelley kept in touch with many friends from all stages of life: high school, nursing school, the girls’ activities, and work. Time spent with friends was special to her whether at coffee shops, out for drinks, or a walk with her dogs.
Shelley maintained very special relationships with all of her nieces and nephews and their families, especially as they expanded. She was incredibly blessed to be a Great-Aunt and cherished the moments she spent with her grand-nieces and nephews as “Grauntie Shelley”. 
Besides her husband, Gary, Shelley leaves to cherish her memory her daughters and sons-in-law, Karly and John Hayes, with grandbaby Hayes arriving January 2015, and Dani and Adam O’Reilly.  She will be deeply missed by her mother, Doreen Sailer; as well as her sisters, Janice (Bruce) Dynes, Elaine (Jim) McKinley, and Joanne Herman (Mike Birbeck), and their families.   Shelley will also be remembered by Gary’s family: his mother, Roberta Burr; his brother, Bruce (Audrey) Burr, and his sisters, Wendy (Peter) Venables and Barb (George) Harty, and their families.  She was predeceased by her father, Fred Sailer (1994) and her father-in-law, Harold Burr (1997). 
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of this special lady at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat  on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. Luncheon to follow at Medicine Hat Golf and Country Club at approximately 3:15 p.m.  As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to Medicine Hat College Foundation, re: Shelley Burr (299 College Drive SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3Y6).


    Nov 17, 2014 at 03:11 PM


  2. Courtney Mardian(Finlay):
    Nov 17, 2014 at 06:11 PM

    Gary and Family,
    want to send you my deepest condolences on the loss of Shelley. She will always be remembered in my heart as a kind and generous soul! Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  3. Norm & Pam Burr:
    Nov 17, 2014 at 07:11 PM

    Gary & Family, We are so sorry to hear of Shelley's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Thinking of you, Norm, Pam & Family

  4. Janine Tolhurst:
    Nov 17, 2014 at 08:11 PM

    Gary, Karly, Dani & family;
    I was so sad to hear about Shelly. She was such a special woman. I wish I could express the sadness I feel just knowing you are bearing a loss so profound. May it comfort you to know others care and may the memories you have bring you moments of comfort and peace.
    You have my deepest sympathies.

  5. Deborah Thompson:
    Nov 17, 2014 at 09:11 PM

    Sending my thoughts & prayers to all of you at this time. Even though I did not have the pleasure to meet this amazing lady, her strength will clearly live on in her children. May you all find comfort knowing you are in the prayers of so many.
    God bless.

  6. Heather & Danny koch:
    Nov 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Gary, Karly, John, Dani & Adam, Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Shelley was a wonderful, special, caring person. She will be missed by so many people. We hope you find some comfort in knowing that she made a difference in so many lives. Our prayers are with you.

  7. Todd Warnke:
    Nov 18, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    I graduated with Shelley from Hat High. You know she left an impression when I can be laying in Ecuador and word travels (from many people) to me of her passing. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone she ever met! My sincere condolences!!!

  8. Kelly Hallock:
    Nov 18, 2014 at 03:11 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all Shelley's family and friends. Shelley was an amazing, loving soul and she will be missed deeply! I am so truly grateful that i had the chance to know her! I wanted to send my condolences, as she was truly one of a kind person. May you have peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

  9. Cindy and Bill Holdershaw:
    Nov 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Our hearts are broken....We will miss your beautiful smile Shelly. Rest in Peace. Thoughts and prayers to her wonderful family. Love Cindy and Bill Holdershaw

  10. Rick, Crystal, and Dean:
    Nov 18, 2014 at 03:11 PM

    Gary and Family,
    Sending our thoughts & prayers to all of you at this time.

  11. Wayne Knight:
    Nov 18, 2014 at 05:11 PM

    My heart and condolences go out to you and your family, Gary.

  12. Rollie & Terry Plouffe:
    Nov 18, 2014 at 07:11 PM

    Gary & All Your Family,
    Rollie and I send you our heartfelt condolences.  We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days ahead.
    Love You All, Rollie & Terry

  13. Dale Jenkins:
    Nov 18, 2014 at 09:11 PM

    Special condolences are being sent to Doreen Sailor and her family at this time by the Dale Jenkins family. We found Shelley to be a vibrant young lady and she will be missed by all the family and friends.

  14. Sharon Turnbull:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Gary and Family, We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you find strength in God's love at this sad time. Sharon Turnbull and Suellen Hallworth

  15. Jacquie & Roger Warren:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 02:11 AM

    I miss you so much my friend. No words can express how much you have meant to so many people. You have touched our lives through love and laughter. You have been there for all of us and we will miss your strength and wisdom. I am grateful to have had a friend like you and I will never let you go. Gary, Karly and Dani, we are sending you our love and sympathy and may you find peace in knowing Shelley is with you in spirit. Sincerely, Jacquie and Roger Warren

  16. Jim and Carol Whitney:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 02:11 AM

    It is with profound sadness that we receive word of Shelley's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gary and your family during this sad time. Her struggles are over, her pain has gone and she is now at peace with God. Heaven has gained another angel.

  17. Renee Havervold:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 03:11 AM

    Gary, Karly, and Dani... I have never met you, but I had the pleasure of meeting Nurse Shelley in October of 2006 at the Cancer Centre. Shelley treated me with nothing but kindness and compassion and spent many hours sitting with me as I went through treatments. I will never forget what a loving soul she was and how much she meant to me. I still can't believe she is gone... My heart is breaking for you. I just want you to know that she touched so many lives and she will truly be missed. May God's peace be with you. (((hugs)))

  18. The Nadeau Family:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 05:11 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss, please accept our condolences. I know mom and dad would have liked to be there for you during this time. Mom truly enjoyed working with Shelley. Shelley had such a kind and generous heart, she touch all those she met. Gary, Karly, Dani and the rest of the family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers

  19. Pam Masson:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 06:11 AM

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Gary. It was a pleasure to get to know Shelley over the last year and she will be missed. Praying for peace for the days to come. Sincerely, Pam

  20. Carrie Flexhaug:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Gary and Family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Shelley. I will be thinking of you and your family on Thursday. She was a great person.  Carrie Flexhaug

  21. Allyson McCaw:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 02:11 PM

    My deepest sympathy to Shelley's family. Words seem so inadequate, but I wanted you all to know that during Shelley's role as nursing navigator and mentor to me as her co-worker she was stellar. It was her infectious laugh and unbelievable strength in her cancer journey that will stay with me for ever.

  22. Donna & Brian Vossler:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 02:11 PM

    To Gary & Family, Sending our sincere sympathies. We share a tear with you as you mourn the loss of your beautiful wife & mother. Shelley was a wonderful guidance advisor and confidante to many, who struggled with the trials of cancer, including my husband. Have peace within as Shelley now has a home in heaven & will live on eternally in many hearts.

  23. Terry Partis:
    Nov 19, 2014 at 04:11 PM

    Gary, I was very saddened to hear of Shelley's passing. My condolences to you and the girls. Shelley was a very special person, and while I only had the privilege of knowing her for a short period of time, I will always remember her smile and enthusiasm. Despite all her troubles she was a very positive person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  24. Brian Platt:
    Nov 20, 2014 at 02:11 AM

    Gary, and Family. Please accept my condolences on the passing of your wife, mother, daughter, and friend and while I was never blessed with the opportunity to know Shelley, I know she will live forever in your hearts and the hearts of the people she helped each and every day. Gary, you and your family are in our thoughts. Brian and Anita Platt

  25. Elizabeth and Alan Matisz:
    Nov 20, 2014 at 03:11 AM

    I knew Shelly through Bruce and Jan. She was a lovely woman and Alan and I are so very sorry for your loss.

  26. Jackie Boulton Delmas:
    Nov 20, 2014 at 03:11 PM

    Gary and Family, My heart goes out to you. Shelley and I had great times together in High School. Cheerleading and attending lots of grad parties. Some of us 'Grad Girls' will still get together and it was always nice when we would see each other and catch up on the changes in our lives and our families. What I really enjoyed about Shelley is she could always lighten a mode with a funny comment and a quick smile. May God's Strength be with you. Hang on to the loving memories. They will take you a long way! Jackie.

  27. Sheila Verhegge:
    Nov 20, 2014 at 05:11 PM

    To Jan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Shelley sounded like such a wonderful positive person. May the memories of her be most comforting. Please accept my sincere condolences. Sheila Verhegge

  28. Karey McCann:
    Nov 20, 2014 at 05:11 PM

    My deepest condolences to you and your family, Gary. Shelley was an amazing lady and touched many with her grace, sense of humour and ability to carry on even when it was tough. I was very lucky and blessed to have met her on this journey. May your memories of the many happy times you shared together bring you comfort and an occasional smile during this time. Karey McCann Cross Cancer

  29. Kim & Marlene Bohnet:
    Nov 20, 2014 at 07:11 PM

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in your many memories.
    Our thoughts and prayer are with you.

  30. Toby Anderson:
    Nov 21, 2014 at 02:11 AM

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I was diagnosed with leukemia in 1998 and for 4 years I was a frequent visitor to the Medicine Hat cancer clinic. Shelley was my nurse for many blood transfusions. She went above and beyond In her efforts to secure some of the medications that I needed. I was so pleased when she was appointed to her new role at the cancer clinic. I knew she would be perfect for the job. She was my confidante as well. I talked to her about my ups and downs, my hopes and dreams. She always had time to listen. But most important of all, she made me laugh. During the most difficult time of my life, she could always make me laugh. She was an exceptional nurse and friend. I will miss her dearly. Sincerely Toby Anderson

  31. Blaine and Orrie Whitford:
    Nov 21, 2014 at 03:11 PM

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of a wonderful wife, mother and sister. Shelley was an exceptional woman and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times for your family.

  32. Deb and Vic Simmons:
    Nov 21, 2014 at 07:11 PM

    Thinking of you with sympathy on your loss. We cannot even begin to imagine what you're going through and how difficult all this must be for you and the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. With Sincere sympathy.
    Kindest regards, Deb and Vic Simmons ( nee Gehring)

  33. Thinking of You:
    Nov 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    She was an inspiration as she always thought of others even when she was going through her own battle. So selfless. The family will have such wonderful memories of a wonderful woman.

  34. Hal:
    Nov 24, 2014 at 02:11 AM

    Gary....Sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time..

  35. Mackenzie Campbell and Mike Petursson:
    Nov 24, 2014 at 06:11 AM

    Deepest sympathies to the whole family; our thoughts are with you. Love Kenzie and Petey.

  36. Cyndie Kissel:
    Nov 24, 2014 at 04:11 PM

    Dear Dani, I was so sorry and touched to hear of your mother's passing. Nothing can prepare us for the loss of our mother. I know, because I too lost my mom to cancer at an early age. A mother is the heartbeat of a family. She brings everyone together and holds you together with her love and strength. The only way I got through it was by relying on my family and friends for their love, support and laughter. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman and I know she was deeply loved. Please take care of yourself and be with the ones you can turn to at this time. Together you will hold each other up. Love you! Cyndie Kissel

  37. Eileen:
    Nov 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Doreen & Family - thinking of you with heart felt sympathy & love... Eileen

  38. Fred Mellen:
    Nov 26, 2014 at 09:11 PM

    I send my condolences to the Burr family and to Doreen (Jenkins) Sailer. I met Shelly when she nursed my wife, Dolly during her cancer problems.