Dr. Muriel Edith Shaw
June 1, 1939-March 4, 2014
Muriel spent her childhood in Tidsdale, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Tisdale Composite High School in 1957 and studied nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. She met Dave in 1960 and they were married in 1961. Muriel and Dave lived in Regina, Winnipeg, Prince George, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver, raising their four children: Nancy, Bob, Sue and John. They settled in North Vancouver in 1975 and resided on the North Shore for the next 33 years.During this time Muriel returned to school and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She went on to earn a Masters degree at the University of British Columbia and in 1999, at the age of sixty, she completed a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC. It is no surprise that Muriel’s primary research area was successful aging, as she certainly exemplified how to live life to the fullest at any age. During this time, Muriel was also very active at St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church in Vancouver, leading many of the popular Jazz Vespers services as a lay clergyperson. Muriel was also an avid runner, completing 28 half marathons in the past 12 years, as well as a lifelong hockey fan. Muriel and Dave moved to Summerland in 2008, where they enjoyed happy retirement years. With all her professional and academic achievements, Muriel was most proud of her roles as mother and grandmother. She was extremely active in her children’s and, especially grandchildren’s, lives. As a grandmother, Muriel took a keen interest in all eight of her grandchildren’s accomplishments. Her love for Lauren, Bobby, Jodi, Caitlin, Daniel, Elsie, Matthew and Alexandra knew no bounds. Muriel wanted everyone to know that she had lived a full and happy life. Muriel lived without regrets and would want all of us to celebrate her positive spirit and remarkable accomplishments. She will be greatly missed.
The family held a private service on March 15th.