Shirley Emmett
Shirley Emmett

Obituary of Shirley Irene Emmett

Shirley Irene Hunt was born on November 15, 1934, in Killam, Alberta. She was the youngest of Fred and Myrtle Hunt’s two daughters. In 1945, her family moved to the Castor area. Upon graduating from Castor High School in 1953, Shirley worked at the mercantile store in Galahad, Alberta, as well as for the Bank of Montreal in Camrose, Alberta and Vancouver, B.C. On June 25, 1958 she married Don Emmett, and they spent the following 59 years together until his death in 2017. They had 2 children: Debra and Dale. Over the years, Shirley worked as a book-keeper for H.J. Schnell at Castor Motors, Louis Gamroth at Corner Service, and with her son, Dale, at F.C. Hunt Agencies. Shirley enjoyed sports and had a competitive spirit. She played 19 consecutive years with the Castor Capris ladies fastball team. In winter, she could be found in a curling rink, either participating or cheering on family and friends. She also loved getting together with friends to play cards. Shirley always enjoyed long walks and talks with her dear friends and cherished those outings each and every time. She was passionate about the outdoors and anxiously awaited the return of the purple martins each spring. Shirley was a member of the Castor and District Museum Society and enjoyed preserving the community’s history. She was always proud to call Castor her home, and to her, this was the best place to be. Her white cat, named Sunday, was a great source of joy and companionship to her over the past year and a half. Shirley is survived by her daughter Debra and her husband Brian; her son Dale and his partner Stephanie; and the family’s compassionate caregiver, Mae. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and many friends. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Don, parents Fred and Myrtle Hunt, and her sister, Alene. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Knox United Church, Castor, Alberta. Condolences may be sent to the family at Memorial donations can be made to Castor & District Museum or charity of your own choice.
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