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Born: Aug 12, 1933

Date of Passing: Feb 18, 2021

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It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Shirley Anne MacKay on February 18, 2021, at the age of 87 years.
Shirley was born on August 12, 1933 in Lashburn, Saskatchewan to Anna and Hjalmar Hagglund and was married for 58 wonderful years to the love of her life, Neil MacKay, until his passing in 2015.
Mom's memory will be forever cherished by her three children, Donna (Marty) Polychuk, Gord (Clare) MacKay and Sandra (Jason) Rauhaus. Grandma will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Kyle (Deanna) and Kevin Polychuk, Quinn and Mahri MacKay, and Mark and James Rauhaus. Mom also leaves to mourn her loving sister Jean Brooks, sisters-in-law, Florence MacKay and Margaret Hagglund, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Hjalmar and Anna Hagglund, her brother Howard and sister-in-law Helen, and brothers-in-law, Bill Brooks, Stewart (Elsie) McKay and Alex MacKay.
Shirley was educated in Clanwilliam Grey School, Minnedosa Collegiate and Manitoba Provincial Normal School (Teachers College) where she graduated in 1951. After graduating, she enjoyed teaching in Silverton, Minnedosa and the Winnipeg School Division.
Shirley and Neil were married June 29, 1957. Shirley married the boy across the street and began a lifetime full of love and happiness. Mom was always extremely active in her children's and grandchildren's lives, as well as her community. Her interests were extensive and spanned many years. This included over 50 years of curling at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club with many great lifelong friends. Mom also enjoyed many years of golfing, gardening, playing bridge and was a Life Member of the Kirkfield Park United Church. She was also very involved with Ducks Unlimited and the Rotary Club. She truly touched many lives. Many happy family memories will be remembered camping at Blue Lake, fishing at Lake of the Woods and exploring the beauty of NW Ontario and Manitoba. Family always came first for Mom. Her grandchildren loved every moment they spent with their Grandma. She always had activities planned and hugs to give. Mom always said, "Aren't we lucky to have such a great family". She will forever be missed.
Cremation has taken place. In accordance with Shirley's wishes, there will be no service. When we are able to gather, a Celebration of Life will occur.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OHEYS Autism Program at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • We always looked forward to our visits with Shirley and always came away glad and uplifted by the time we spent together. Shirley was interested in hearing what you were up to, loved her family and enjoyed being busy and participating in the game of life. Loved Christmas....such a delight seeing all those decorations! Very saddened to hear of her passing but so glad to call her “friend”. May all the family memories bring you comfort, a few chuckles and the feeling of being blessed to have had parents/grandparents who were so very proud of each of you and loved you dearly. We loved Shirley and will miss our decades of friendship but cherish our memories. - Posted by: Garth & Abbie Grieder (Friends) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • Shirley was an inspiration to us all! - Posted by: Tom Carlyle (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2021

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