Passed peacefully away after a lengthy illness at her home in Grand Falls-Windsor, surrounded by her sisters and her friend Mary, on March 24, 2020, Major Shirley May Dawe, at the age of 77 years. Shirley was born in Grand Falls, in 1942 to Harold and Elizabeth Dawe. Major Shirley Dawe accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at an early age. Shirley entered the College for Officers training as a member of the Heroes of the Faith Session in 1962 and was commissioned in 1964. The journey of officership in obedience to God's call contributed to a very fullfilling life serving in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta. All appointments added a richness to her life while she served as Corps Officer, School Teacher, and member of the staff at the College for Officers in St. John's. Subsequent appointments were in the field of Health and Social Services, where Major Shirley Dawe served as Executive Director of Teenage and Women's Residents in Montreal, Executive Director of Mental Health Programs in Toronto, and Executive Director of the Children's Village in Alberta. Major Shirley Dawe retired from active Officership in 1997 as Divisional Secretary for Business Administration at Divisional Headquarters in Quebec. A rich, fullfilling and caring ministry describes her experience in all aspects of Officership.
PShe is predeceased by her parents, Harold and Elizabeth Dawe; and sister, Betty Fancey. She leaves to mourn her sisters, Vida Fudge, Barbara Mullett, Carol (Wally) Clarke, Linda (Harold) Peckford, and Judy (Dave) Cole; brother-in-law, James Fancey; special friend, Mary Booth; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. A celebration of her home-going will take place at a later date after the quarentines have lifted.
Donations can be made in Shirley's memory to the Salvation Army Citadel in Grand Falls.
Visitation and Graveside service will be limited to immediate family members only. A Celebration of Life will be held in Shirley's memory at a later date.
Pallbearers are Barry Oake, Bruce Oake, Wayne Fudge, Craig Cole, Dave Cole, Wally Clarke. Honorary pallbearer Harold Peckford.