BURWASH, Shannon Melba

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November 2, 1953 – February 15, 2013

There are no words to express the sadness we have in our hearts with the sudden passing of such a beautiful woman. Shannon will be forever missed by her loving husband Wayne, and her children, Holly Nicoll (Reiny Kristel), Mason Nicoll (Kim), Jarvis Nicoll (Jenny), Lori Burwash (Bruce Johnson), and Justin Burwash (Betty-Lynne). She is also survived by her mother, Melba Copithorne (Jim), sisters, Karon Baldick (Steve), Cher Menegoz and brother, Forest Estby (Renee). Grandma Shammy will be incredibly missed by her grandchildren, Saige and Cale Kristel, Carson, Maysa, Triston and Lucas Nicoll, Elliott and Annabel Johnson, Jake Gerrie, Molly and Madden Burwash along with many nieces and nephews. Shannon was predeceased by her father, Earl Estby and nephew, James Menegoz. Shannon was born in Calgary, Alberta. She had many passions in life including family, accounting and horses. She was very involved in the Quarter Horse industry serving on many boards to further promote the horse. This included being an active board member and treasurer for the Quarter Horse Association of Alberta (QHAA), treasurer for the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) and an Alberta director for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Shannon loved riding and showing horses all over North America, and promoted good horsemanship skills to all of her children. The grandkids will miss their pony rides with her, and learning from their mentor. She loved the western lifestyle, and was a great assistance to Wayne in operating his equine veterinary practice over the years in Springbank. The family would like to thank Dr. Watson, and all of the wonderful nurses in the Neurology and Palliative Care Units for the exceptional care that Shannon received at the Foothills Medical Centre.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Congress Hall at Spruce Meadows (access via Tournament Lane) on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Warren Wiebe officiating. Cremation in care of Cochrane Country Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes in Shannon’s memory may be given to the Alberta Children’s Hospital http://www.childrenshospital.ab.ca or STARS http://stars.ca/.

  1. On 20/02/2013 at 4:04 am Stephen Maltby Said:

    Wayne and family
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on shannon’s tragic passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Stephen Maltby
    Amherst Nova Scotia
    CQHA director for Maritimes

  2. On 20/02/2013 at 4:12 am Arthur & Monique Melanson Said:

    To Holly and Family;

    We offer our deepest sympathyduring this time of sorrow,may you be comforted in knowing that the memories of your lived one live on.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these times of sadness.

    Monique and Arthur Melanson

  3. On 20/02/2013 at 7:30 am Allan and Laura Pomeroy Said:

    To Wayne and Family
    Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

  4. On 20/02/2013 at 8:34 am Monika Smith Said:

    To Wayne and family

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Shannon was such a bright light and she will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Monika Smith

  5. On 20/02/2013 at 11:37 am Martin & Jean Said:

    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.
    x x x

  6. On 20/02/2013 at 4:44 pm Roy and Judy and family Said:

    Dear Wayne, Holly, Mason,Jarvis and Melba and Jim and Family: We cannot tell you how sorry we are to hear of Shannon’s passing. Our love goes out to all of you at this time. We cannot know your sorrow! We are in Hawaii at the present time and Will be sure to contact you on our return.
    Love to you all
    Roy and Judy

  7. On 20/02/2013 at 6:20 pm Noel and Janice Falkner Said:

    Wayne and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy on Shannon’s sudden passing.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

    Janice & Noel

  8. On 20/02/2013 at 6:44 pm Alastair Cribb Said:

    Dear Wayne and Family,
    It was with great sadness that I heard of Shannon’s sudden passing. On behalf of myself and all the faculty, staff and students at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss.

    Alastair Cribb

  9. On 20/02/2013 at 8:44 pm Ken and Norma Zipse Said:

    To Wayne and Family. Please except our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of Shannon. It was our pleasure to meet her on numerous occassions while visiting the clinic . Our prayers go out to you all during this very sad time.

  10. On 21/02/2013 at 4:46 am Edward Kendall Said:

    Dear Wayne,
    We offer you and your family our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we hope that in time God’s peace will ease your loss.

    Rosalind and Edward Kendall
    St. John’s

  11. On 21/02/2013 at 7:18 am Bruce and Pamela Rodger Said:

    Dear Wayne and family,
    Our thoughts and condolences go out to you on this devastating loss. We know too well how much a life partnership such as yours means and how much loss this death creates for all of you.
    Bruce and Pamela Rodger, Bragg Creek

  12. On 21/02/2013 at 8:18 am Robert Hope Said:

    Wayne and Family

    We offer our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bob and Lyn Hope, Swift Current, Sask.

  13. On 21/02/2013 at 10:41 am Rosemary Bishop Said:

    Please accept my sympathy in the sad loss of your wife. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May God bless and comfort you at this time.
    Rosemary Bishop (Spruce Meadows volunteer)

  14. On 21/02/2013 at 12:04 pm Hilary Plint and Gordon Keon Said:

    Dear Wayne and family,

    Please know that our hearts go out to you at this tragic time. Our most sincere condolences.

    Sincerely

    Hilary Plint and Gord Keon

  15. On 21/02/2013 at 1:43 pm Russell, Patricia & David Wiechnik Said:

    Dear Wayne and family, Jim , Melba and family,

    Memory is a beautiful place where loved ones are reunited. May you feel a gentle hug each time you remember. Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Russell, Patricia and David Wiechnik

  16. On 21/02/2013 at 1:56 pm Ernest and Diane Olfert Said:

    Dear Wayne and Family

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss, and we feel for you at this very sad time.

    Ernie and Diane Olfert, Saskatoon

  17. On 21/02/2013 at 2:43 pm Cliff, Gail and Sydney Johnson Said:

    Dear Wayne and family,

    We were truly saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Shannon.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    Cliff, Gail and Sydney Johnson

  18. On 21/02/2013 at 2:43 pm Cliff, Gail and Sydney Johnson Said:

    Dear Wayne and family,

    We were truly saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Shannon.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    Cliff, Gail and Sydney Johnson

  19. On 21/02/2013 at 3:21 pm Ralph Fitzgerald Said:

    Wayne, Holly and family,
    My sincerest condolences at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones.
    Ralph Fitzgerald

  20. On 22/02/2013 at 8:32 am Rick Hemmett Said:

    To all of Shannon’s family

    Please accept my condolences on your tragic loss of a wonderful lady.

    Rick Hemmett

  21. On 22/02/2013 at 8:38 am Gordie & Martina MacDonald Said:

    Wayne Burwash, Family, Relatives and many friends. Gordie and Martina MacDonald wish to express our sympathy and condolences on the sudden passing of Shannon. God Bless, our thoughts are with you.

    Gordie and Martina.

  22. On 22/02/2013 at 9:43 am Lorie Cooper Said:

    Dear Wayne

    I send my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Lorie And Page in memory (Cooper).

  23. On 22/02/2013 at 1:30 pm Larry and Deb Manley and Lindsey Said:

    Wayne and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
    Our Deepest Sympathy
    Larry and Debbie Manley and Lindsey

  24. On 22/02/2013 at 1:53 pm Carole Walton Said:

    Dear Wayne and family.
    In deepest sympathy. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know first hand how difficult these things are. Have courage.
    From Port Alberni, BC.

  25. On 22/02/2013 at 2:59 pm Shane & Teresa Guiltner Said:

    Wayne and Family

    May the love of those around you help with the days ahead.
    Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  26. On 22/02/2013 at 3:01 pm Richard and Monica Weetman Said:

    Dear Wayne and family,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences. Shannon was a wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Sincerely
    Richard and Monica Weetman

  27. On 22/02/2013 at 6:42 pm Lindsey Koster (Manley) Said:

    Dear Wayne and family,
    My deepest sympathy to your entire family. Shannon was such a beautiful woman both inside and out who always had a smile to share! Wishing you peace during this difficult time.
    Lindsey

  28. On 22/02/2013 at 8:02 pm Ward and Judy Martin Said:

    Dear Jarvis and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this difficult time. With Love, Ared and Judy

  29. On 22/02/2013 at 8:03 pm Ward and Judy Martin Said:

    Dear Jarvis and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this difficult time. With Love, Ward and Judy

  30. On 22/02/2013 at 8:30 pm Shayne Finnie Said:

    Holly and Family ,

    My deepest sympathy to you and all your family .

    ***
    May you find strength
    in the love of family
    and in the warm embrace
    of friends.

    Shayne Finnie

  31. On 22/02/2013 at 10:03 pm Darrell and Lorri Dalton and Family Said:

    Our hearts ache at the loss of Shannon. Wayne and Family, our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Just know that Shannon will live on with you Forever.

    Love from the Dalton Family

  32. On 23/02/2013 at 6:12 am Chris & Grace Pedersen Said:

    Thinking of you at this difficult time.
    May the love that surrounds you and your family help you during this time of sorrow

  33. On 23/02/2013 at 9:26 am Kelly, Teresa, Kyle and Kristy Mahar Said:

    Wayne, Jarvis, Mason and all extended family
    Extending our thoughts and prayers to you and your families.
    Kelly & Teresa Mahar Kyle & Kristy Mahar

  34. On 23/02/2013 at 7:07 pm Lorraine Hill & Doug Orr Said:

    Our most sincere regards to you Wayne; to you Melba & Jim; and other family members.
    Shannon was a wonderful friend although we seldom saw her. Her infectious smile and sincere interest in friends will always by remembered.

  35. On 24/02/2013 at 6:38 am Alan Young Said:

    Dear Wayne and Family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

    Sincerely, Alan Young

  36. On 24/02/2013 at 11:21 am Rick Snyder Said:

    Dear Holly,Mason.Jarvis,Wayne and Family;

    Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Bev and I are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.

    Rick and Bev Snyder

  37. On 24/02/2013 at 4:24 pm Mike sand Deb Laderoute Said:

    Dear Wayne and family;

    Our thoughts are with you at such a profoundly difficult time in your lives. Shannon was such a caring and lovely woman, we are all so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have her touch our lives.

    Mike and Deb Laderoute

  38. On 25/02/2013 at 9:11 am Don and Joyce Moore Said:

    Dear Wayne and family,
    Don and I send our sympathy on Shannon’s death, a sad loss to you. We know she was a great partner to you in your life as you shared your love and interest in the world of horses.

    Our thoughts are with you.

    Don and Joyce Moore

  39. On 25/02/2013 at 11:08 am Alan & Eloise (Ellie) Bishop Said:

    Dear Wayne,

    So very sorry to hear about the passing of your Shannon. Words are hard to find at a time like this but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Alan and Eloise (Ellie) Bishop

  40. On 26/02/2013 at 12:25 pm Bob and Paulette Evenson Said:

    Dear Wayne and family
    Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Shannon.

  41. On 26/02/2013 at 1:22 pm Anne-Marie & Peter Clarke Said:

    Dear Justin, Betty-Lynne & family,
    Our deepest condolences and love on this sad news. You are all in our hearts.
    Anne-Marie, Peter, Cameron & Connor

  42. On 26/02/2013 at 5:20 pm Bruce and Sharon Telford Said:

    To Wayne and family

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Shannon.There are not words to ease your pain, but take comfort with your family and friends.Bruce and Sharon Telford

  43. On 10/03/2013 at 1:40 pm Tawny Wadden Said:

    Dear Wayne and Family

    My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I feel lucky to have meet Shannon, she was beautiful inside and out. In my thoughts and prayers!

    Tawny Wadden

  44. On 29/03/2013 at 10:47 am La Chelle Yates Said:

    “Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves lives a memory no one can steal”. It is good to know that death is not the end. The creator, has promised that our precious dear ones will have the opportunity to live again, in paradise. Psalms37:29 tell us: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it”. So we look forward to seeing Shannon again in paradise. In the mean time we will draw close to our Creator and his son Jesus Christ in prayer, and the Bible promises that “he himself will sustain you”. Psalm 55:22

    Sincerely,
    La Chelle Yates
    filletmignon31@yahoo.com

  45. On 01/05/2013 at 7:25 pm Carla Thomas Said:

    I am shocked to have heard of the beautiful Shannon’s passing. She was so distinguished and pleasant and always had a smile on her face. As a Novice horse show person, she was so welcoming and positive. I cannot express my sympathies enough to the families involved. Losing a Mother is like taking a piece of your heart you can never replace. Kindest regards to all.

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