NICHOLS, Shirley Ann

November 24, 1958 – April 10, 2020

It is with deep sadness that the family of Shirley Ann Nichols announces her passing on April 10th, 2020. Shirley passed suddenly and unexpectedly- The Lord called her home.

Shirley was born November 24th, 1958 in Swift Current Saskatchewan and was the second oldest of 6 siblings born to John & Anne Bartsch. Shirley had very fond memories of her time growing up on the farm in Saskatchewan and her love of the farm continued though out her life. In 1972 the Bartsch family moved their family to Abbotsford, B.C. for a new job opportunity. Shirley graduated from Abby Senior in 1976 and attended Bible School in Kelowna for 2 years after High School.

Shirley was married in 1978 and in 1981 they moved to Edmonton, AB. In January of 1982 her dear daughter Melissa was born and in March of 1994 her second darling daughter Cheyanne was born. Shirley was a devoted and loving Mother and provided everything she could for her Daughters.

Shirley was a gentle, kind-hearted and giving soul and always put others first. She was a hardworking and loyal employee of Woolco and later Walmart for almost 40 years. Shirley was also a talented Artist who could create an impressive display with whatever available. Her front porch was always decorated for the season, and was her favourite spot for her morning coffee, for reading and for long phone conversations with her Sister Lucy. Shirley loved the simple things in life such as gardening, coffee dates and listening to the Gaithers Gospel and Country Music.

In 2011, Shirley was ecstatic about the birth of her 1st granddaughter Aspen and in 2014 her 2nd granddaughter Norah was born. In the Spring of 2015, Shirley moved to Cochrane to be closer to her grandchildren. Those memories of their “Nana” will forever be cherished. Shirley was proud to call Cochrane home and would always say “I’ll never get tired of looking at those Mountains”.

Shirley will be profoundly missed by her daughters Melissa Nichols (Bryce Mawbey) of Cochrane and Cheyanne Nichols (Zach Forstl) of Edmonton and her grandchildren Aspen Mawbey & Norah Mawbey of Cochrane.

Never to be forgotten – Always in our hearts – Until we see you again.

She is survived by her five siblings, Emily (Ken) Peters, Gary (Jackie) Bartsch, Elsie (Dave) Wiebe, Vic (Pat) Bartsch, and Lucy (Les) Mayes. She is survived by her many nieces & nephews as well as her 15 great nieces/nephews. She is also survived by her aunt Tina Guenther, aunt Betty, aunt Margaret Hildebrandt, uncle Frank Remple and many cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, John Bartsch (1931-2009) and Anne Bartsch (1934-2015).

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Alison (Allie) Van Arnam, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

  1. On 20/04/2020 at 3:08 pm Carrie Said:

    A life worth celebrating…thoughts,prayers and hugs to all

  2. On 20/04/2020 at 9:30 pm Kandace Said:

    My condolences to you and your family. There are no words and no way to ease your pain I wish I could take it for you.
    You are in my prayers.

  3. On 21/04/2020 at 12:02 pm Alice Halvorsen Said:

    My deepest condolences to you and your and prayers RiP my friend .

  4. On 21/04/2020 at 6:43 pm Francesca De Cicco Said:

    My condolences go to all of Shirley’s family. She was one of the most kind, genuine, loving friends that I’ve ever had. I worked beside her for 30 years at Woolco and Walmart. I will miss you so much my friend. I was so fortunate that you came into my life. I love you. Rest in peace Shirley.

  5. On 21/04/2020 at 6:50 pm Jacquie Said:

    Cheyenne and Melissa – My thoughts have been with the two of you since I heard this absolutely shocking and sad news. I know from the many conversations that I had with your Mom, that she had such a deep love for the two of you! She would always beam with glowing pride when she spoke of either one of you! I will miss my intense conversations with her whenever our paths would cross. She will be missed by all that have been touched by her gentle kindness. Sending hugs, prayers and lots of love your way.
    Jacquie Coulas

  6. On 21/04/2020 at 9:22 pm Luana Berge Said:

    My condolences to the family.

  7. On 23/04/2020 at 4:28 pm Nichols Shirley Ann Said:

    Please accept our condolences on your loss of Shirley. Shirley was a valued member of Walmart by co workers and customers alike. She was always ready with a smile and willing to help others. She will be greatly missed, her dept.will not be the same.
    With Deepest Sympathy
    JP (co worker) and Jill Aquilina

  8. On 23/04/2020 at 5:14 pm Bill Drennen Said:

    Dearest condolences for the loss of a good friend my heart goes out to her family for the loss

  9. On 25/04/2020 at 9:13 am Bev Melo Said:

    My sincere condolences go out to the family and friends ..I didn’the see Shirley much but she was always in my thoughs …Shirley Rest in Peace ,the good lord will look after you .

  10. On 26/04/2020 at 9:34 pm Diane Said:

    So, so sad to hear of Shirley’s sudden passing! I will miss her friendly face and fun chats at Walmart! Condolences to all of her familycherish all those special memories!

  11. On 28/04/2020 at 6:41 am Collette Moisan Said:

    Shirley was loved by everyone. She was considered part of our family & she will be missed!
    Prayers for her family!

  12. On 28/04/2020 at 9:20 am Jennifer Stecyk Said:

    My sincerest condolences to all of Shirley’s family. She was beloved by our family, and I will forever remember her wonderful laugh.

  13. On 04/05/2020 at 11:39 pm Helen Said:

    My condolences to the family. Shirley lived a few houses down from me in Cochrane. We occasionally talked about gardening and I always liked walking by her home and seeing the beautifully decorated porch. She was a nice neighbour and will be missed.

  14. On 05/05/2020 at 7:10 pm Elaine Peppin Said:

    My heart goes out to Melissa, Cheyanne and family. I will miss my best friend every day… Shirley was the kindest and most remarkable woman I ever met! She loved everyone and was always there when I needed her. Go rest high on that mountain my friend! I love you!!!!

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