Shirlene Anne Peters

Passed away peacefully on February 2 at the age of 57.

Shirlene grew up in Summerland where her life-long love of horses was kindled. After she graduated from Simon Fraser University she worked throughout the Okanagan as a scientist. Later moving to Osoyoos to run an orchard and raise her two children, Craig and Kamira before moving back to Summerland. She instilled in them her own gentle temperament, determination, and quiet strength to carry them through life.

Shirlene developed a passion for teaching, where her unique, compassionate philosophy encouraged and inspired her students to challenge themselves and learn.

Shirlene was an artist who creatively expressed herself through painting, gardening, stained-glass and a multitude of other media – even using her own home as her canvas.

If Shirlene could be described with only one word, it would be, “Generosity”. She constantly put the needs of others ahead of her own, and would always see to it that everyone was comfortable before considering herself.

Shirlene is remembered by her loving husband, Ken Ireson, parents Beryl Potter and Jack Coughlin (Stepfather), children Craig and Kamira, grandchildren Kellan and Eric, and brothers Brock (Kim) Potter and Rawd Potter. She was sadly predeceased by her father, Winston Potter.

A small private Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, February 8 at the Summerland Funeral Home.

All were invited to a Celebration of Life Wednesday, February 22 at

4 pm in the Coast Lakeside in Penticton.

Support for a scholarship in Shirlene’s name graciously accepted by the Okanagan Skaha Teachers Union and School District 67.

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