In Celebration of

Shirley Yule

August 30, 1928 -  April 14, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Shirley Helen Yule on April 14, 2020.
Shirley is lovingly remembered by her 2 daughters Wendy Yule (Craig Gammie), Judy Waller (Greg) and four grandchildren: Sean Waller, Tristan Waller, Lynn Gammie, and Colleen Gammie.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles (Chuck) in 1992; also by her parents (John & Maud Dougan) and siblings Pat, Joanne, and Hunter.

Shirley was born in Trail BC on August 30, 1928. She attended Trail Tadanac High School and upon graduation worked as a psychiatric nurse at Essondale for 18 months. Her high school dreams of becoming a journalist came true when she started work as a proofreader at the Trail Daily Times. She quickly ascended the ranks to copy editor, women’s section editor and reporter, and became one the first female city editors in Canada. Shirley met Chuck when he was posted to Trail by the RCMP. They married in 1953 and began the first of their many moves across the country including Prince Rupert, Kamloops (57-60), Vancouver (60-66), Toronto (66-68), Ottawa (68-74), Vancouver (74-77) and Ottawa (77-81). Somehow Shirley made every new place feel like home and got all of us settled in with minimal disruption. When Chuck retired in 1981 they built their dream home in Vernon BC.

Shirley was an active volunteer for many years at the Vernon Museum, Trefoil Guild, and The Kalamalka Caring Clowns. She devoted many hours to her beautiful gardens and to painting porcelain. She loved music and was always singing around the house. Shirley loved to travel and visited China with Chuck. She continued to be an intrepid solo traveler exploring Russia, Europe, Asia, and visiting family in the UK and Ireland. In later years she met Ken Ellison at the Vernon Museum and they enjoyed travelling to South America, New Zealand, and Europe. Back in Vernon, they supported the local symphony and theatre.

Please join us in an Irish toast to Shirley
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no one can steal

Thank you, Shirley, for leaving memories of love, laughter, and music.

A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful staff at Sunrise for their loving care.

A gathering to celebrate Shirley’s life will take place at a future date.


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Colleen Gammie (Granddaughter)

Entered April 17, 2020 from Toronto

I'll always hold summer holidays in Vernon with Granny in my heart. Painting on ceramics (Gran's results being far more elegant than ours), doing fashion shows wearing some of her beautiful vintage dresses, going on walks and stopping to look at every flower, tasting delicious peaches, and lounging at Lake Okanagan, looking for Ogopogo. I can still hear her humming "ta-dum" with a cheeky smile as she danced around with whoever was closest. Love & miss you so much Gran.

Lynn Gammie (Granddaughter)

Entered April 18, 2020 from Toronto

When my sister and I were young the family went to BC most summers to visit Grannie. We would spend hours on the beach, Grannie always keeping a watchful eye on us while managing not to wet her perfect head of silver curls. On some of those trips our cousins would be there, and the four of us would battle for Gran’s attention. She had time for all of us — watching handstands and flips and inspecting our sand castles. Her neighbours and friends really loved her, and she always had a kind word or greeting for everyone who was out and about in the community. Grannie’s house was always filled with music — there was never a moment when the radio wasn’t on or she wasn’t singing or humming to herself. She always encouraged my sister and me to play piano when we visited, and she could catch a wrong note from the other side of the house (a trait she shares with her daughter Wendy). Gran had so many stories to tell, and lived such a rich and colourful life. She really loved helping people, and she shared her joie de vivre with everyone around her. In her passing I am reminded of what’s important in life: sharing joyful moments with those that you love. I love you, Grannie.

Pat McNeill (Trefoil Guild Member)

Entered April 18, 2020 from Vernon, BC

I didn’t know Shirley very long but I do remember her kindness and wonderful smile. My condolences to her family.

Elisabeth & Ken Forsyth (Eldest Neice!!!!)

Entered April 18, 2020 from Kimberley, B.C.

Such special times with this lovely Aunt and her awesome hubby Chuck. We remember a trip to Vernon and Pam's "exit" through the screen door!!!!
Love to both you and Wendy and your kids, spouses, etc.
Love from us. Elisabeth, Ken, Pam Jamie.

Gladys, Barry, and Sharon (Sister in law, nephew, and niece)

Entered April 18, 2020 from Woodlands, Mb.

We wish all of the family our sincere condolences. Your Mom always had such a cheerful and loving personality. She will be missed! Love from all of us.


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