Shirley Ann Kopp


We are saddened to announce the passing of Shirley Ann Kopp, after a brave battle with cancer. She was predeceased recently by her dear friend Sharon Bunnin (Sherwood Park AB), Parents Henry and Dorothy Kopp (Bekolay) of Turtle Lake SK, numerous aunts and uncles on both sides of her family. Survived by Uncle Clarence and Marilyn Bekolay (Edmonton AB) and Aunt Patricia Bekolay (St Albert AB)

Surviving are her brothers and sister, Gordon and Karen Kopp (Turtle Lake SK), Calvin Kopp (Holbein SK), Marilyn Kopp and friend Ken (Viking AB), Curtis Kopp (Turtle Lake SK). Nephews Todd and Brenda Kopp (Brandon and Carter) Saskatoon SK) Craig Kopp (Aiden)(Prince Albert SK), Shawn Kopp and friend Karen (Calgary AB), Scott Fraser (Cumberland BC), Andrew and Danielle Fraser (Bonnie and Cameron)(Calgary AB). Nieces Nicole Kopp Hendry and Shawn Hendry (Skyler and friend Robyn)(Calgary AB), Christina Fraser and friend Trevor Cox (Toronto ON), Samantha and Robson Cameron (Mason)(Red Deer AB)

Shirley was and will always be remembered as a kind, honest, loving, and giving person. She made the world a better place for a all that knew her. Shirley was truly admired and walked her own path; she included anyone who wanted to walk beside her, sharing her laughter and her passions with kindness and of authenticity. The odd joke arrived at
unexacting times as well. Shirley loved nature and photography and was never far from her paint brushes. She captured all images in her own way and put them to canvas.

Shirley received her education from the Livelong Elementary School and Turtleford High. She pursued her own multiple paths in horticulture, as a Painter, Writer, (Published and Illustrated her own book- “Jenny Wren, The Special Thank You”) Curled, Swam, Golfed, Skated in boys skates ONLY, Skied downhill and cross-country, just an all round athlete. Unfortunately, her Pet Peeve was she grew up in the age when girls were not allowed to participate in “boys” sports as they can now. Shirley was a bone marrow donor and
volunteer at CanSurmount in honour of her mother, saving the life of another.

Shirley had special bonds with many of her friends and was very appreciative of all the visits, caring, and meals delivered the past few months. Helen Loehr, just a special angel, was Shirley’s go to person when her sister was not present; they shared a special bond. Other special moments in Shirley’s life were filled with time spent at her cabin at Turtle Lake where she grew up, cheering on the Edmonton Oilers, pet sitting and walking her friends and families dogs, and she taught many budgies to talk. She attended all family events for her brothers, and sister and their families – soccer matches, curling bonspiels, hockey tournaments, baseball games, live theatre, tap, jazz, cheerleading, and gymnastic events, graduations, birthday parties and weddings.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Glen Allen Recreation Complex, 199 Georgian Way, Sherwood Park, upstairs where she curled. On September 23rd, 2023 at 10:00 AM. At the family’s request, please do not send flowers.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shirley’s Memory will be gratefully accepted to Capital Care Strathcona (Harvest House Recreation Fund) #2 Bower Dr. Baseline Rd, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 1V4 or any charity of your choosing. IE: SPCA, Cancer, Abused Women.

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Lesley Bartlett

Sending sympathy to all Shirley’s family. She was a special person and I have many fond memories of her. Especially when she and Marilyn visited with me at my Mum’s and my brothers homes. We had a lot of fun.
All are in my prayers

Andy, Danielle, Bonnie, Cameron and Dalwhinnie Fraser

Dear Shirley,

We have been deeply saddened by your passing. I will always cherish the fond memories of staying with you and Sharon during soccer tournaments as a child. My kids, too, enjoyed your visits to the Calgary Zoo, where Danielle and I enjoyed watching the glee on every face young and old as you ran around taking photos of the animals.

Your obituary beautifully captures your kind, honest, and giving nature. You made the world a better place for all who knew you. Your laughter, passion, and sense of humor brightened our lives. Your love for nature, photography, and art will forever inspire us. The beautiful paintings you gifted us of our pets will be cherished forever.

You were a true sports enthusiast, and your presence at family events, cheering on your loved ones, made them even more special. Your memory will forever live on in our hearts, and in the Oilers fandom you helped stir in our family.

Rest in peace, dear Shirley. You will be deeply missed.

With heartfelt condolences,
Andy, Danielle, Bonnie, Cameron, and Dalwhinnie Fraser