Shirley Irene Hunt was born on Nov. 15, 1934, in Killam, Alta.
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, Alta. as well as for the Bank of Montreal in Camrose, Alta. 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 two 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 also 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 were held on Sat., Feb. 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church, Castor, Alta. with Rev. Barbara Zimmerman officiating.
Long time friends Pat Campbell and Helen Brigley gave loving tributes to those in attendance.
Cathy Schaffner and the Knox United Church Choir presented their gifts of music as they sang: Come And Find The Quiet Centre, What A Friend
We Have In Jesus, In The Bulb There Is A Flower and Amazing Grace.
Honourary pallbearers were Helen Brigley, Pat Campbell, Geraldine and Joe Klassen, Margaret and Tom Spady and Maureen and John Wright; with active pallbearers, Mervin Brigley, Cliff Campbell, Ron Watson, Doug Zimmerman, Denise Marquart and Chriss Chick as Shirley was laid to rest beside her loving husband Don in the Castor Municipal Cemetery.
Family and friends gathered back at the Church for a time of fellowship and a luncheon prepared and served by the Knox United Church Women.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com.
Memorial donations can be made to Castor & District Museum Society or charity of your own choice.
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-882-3141.