It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Shirley Oakley, known to family and friends as ‘Jackie’ on September 18, 2023, at age 100. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, William Oakley, her parents, Margaret and Thomas Crowe, and her siblings, Sheila, Mona, and Colin. Jackie will be truly missed by her children Lauren/Bill Miller and Neil/Amani Oakley, her grandchildren Ashley/Mike and Alexa/Alex, and her great-grandchildren, Hugo and Mabel. Jackie was kind, compassionate, generous, and truly a beautiful soul who touched the hearts of many people including family, friends, nurses, and aides. Jackie was born on June 11, 1923, in Ilford, Essex in the U.K. She lived briefly in the U.S. with her family but then returned to England. When WWII broke out, she enlisted at 17 years of age. She served for 5 years becoming a corporal in the ATS branch of the British army where she worked in the gun room as a radar plotter, tracking German planes and providing coordinates to the Allies. When she was in her 20s, she moved to Canada with her family where she worked as a Bell Canada operator and later met and married her husband before giving birth to her children. She created a warm, loving home for her family who were everything to her. Over the years, Jackie really enjoyed family vacations and later traveled with Bill to far-off countries. After her husband passed, she continued to be her strong, independent, feisty self and insisted on living on her own in the house she loved, rejecting any sort of help until the last year. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her multi-generational family and she was so excited that she got to meet her two great-grandchildren. Jackie lived a full life on her own terms until the end and is an inspiration to us all. She will live on in our hearts and souls forever.
Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Neweduk- Erin Mills Chapel, 1981 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, on Sunday, September 24th from 2-5 p.m. Funeral will be held on Monday, September 25th at the Turner & Porter Neweduk-Erin Mills Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
If desired donations may be made to the Charity of your choice.