(Anna) Norine Stirling

30/07/1925 - 28/10/2020

Obituary For (Anna) Norine Stirling

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Norine Stirling passed away peacefully on October 28, 2020 at the age of 95 years. She was born on July 30, 1925 in Clairmont, the fifth of seven children born to Tom and Jennie Sheehan.

Norine enjoyed growing up on the family farm beside Clairmont Lake, attending Clairmont School, where she made lifelong friends. She fondly spoke of going to school on horseback or skating across the lake. Community events, including box socials, and twirling her baton with the majorettes were always a highlight. Norine left the farm to complete training as a bookkeeper/secretary at Alberta Business College in Edmonton. She enjoyed a lively social life when she returned to Grande Prairie where she participated in a number of local drama productions and fashion shows. Following a sense of adventure Norine moved to Louisiana for a brief time and then on to Powell River where she worked for the railway. She returned to Grande Prairie to care for her father and met the love of her life, Archie Stirling. Archie and Norine were married July 27, 1956 and were blessed with two children, Nan, born in 1958 and Margo in 1959. Norine dedicated her time to raising her family, as well as working at Pioneer Lodge as a bookkeeper and Avondale School in the secretarial pool. She was also an avid volunteer and enjoyed her time at the hospital, Odyssey House, the museum, church, and as a Brownie leader. Norine and Archie built a cabin at Sturgeon Lake which they enjoyed for many years. They also enjoyed camping and traveling, which she continued after Archie passed away, travelling with friends to locations near and far. More than anything, Norine loved to be surrounded by family and friends. She enjoyed hosting suppers and card parties. She always had the coffee on, and loved visiting with her many friends.

Norine was predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Archie, her parents, Tom and Jennie Sheehan, one sister Marjory, four brothers, Bernard, Laverne, Everett, and Jack, sister in laws, Evelyn, Vera and Beth. She is survived by her daughters Nan Swanston (Bruce) and Margo Wythe (Jim), Five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, Catherine Bombier (Kelsey) and children Brooklyn and Hadley, Carmen Vallentgoed (Matt) and children Levi and Tucker, Riley Swanston (Brenda), Daniel Wythe, and Kalli Charbonneau (Brandon) and child Ella. She is also survived by her sister Jean Dempsey and nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home. Celebration of Life will take place on November 4th at 1:30 PM at St. Paul’s United Church (10206 100 Avenue in Grande Prairie, Alberta), followed by a graveside interment at the Grande Prairie Cemetery. All COVID precautions are being followed including wearing of masks and social distancing. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation at or a charity of one’s choice.

For those who are unable to attend Norine’s Celebration of Life, a livestream of her service will be available on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube Channel on Wednesday November 4th, 2020 beginning at 1:30pm.

Live streaming will be available on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube Page

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Nan, Margo and families, my condolences on the passing of your Mom and Grandma. She was a lovely lady and I know her passing will leave a sad void in your lives. May your lifetime of memories bring you comfort on your healing journey. Hugs...Janet Tink
- Janet Tink
Margo and Nan, sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I didn't know your Mom but it took me back to when I babysat Carmen and Daniel. Carman ran ahead to our house when we our for a walk and scared me as I couldn't see her, Margo you said the kids run ahead to Grandmas house when we walk over to visit. May your precious memories make you smile and hold your Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma close to your heart. Brenda, Raymond and family
- Brenda LaCroix
So sorry Nan & Margo on the loss of your mother .ma she rest in peace
- Audrey Rose
Thank you Nan, Margo and the whole family for sharing Norine's service online. I so appreciate being able to attend from Vancouver. Norine was a lifelong inspiration in how to be a gracious, generous aunt with an adventurous spirit. I'll be sharing this with Auntie Jean. And please accept condolences from the Ellis family.
- Erin Ellis
Nan, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your Mom. She was such a gracious and special lady who touch my life. I was visiting my Mom and Norine phoned early one morning "Look outside at the gorgeous sunrise." It was a wonderful moment the three of us shared.
- Denice Hagerman
Nan, Margo, and families, I'm sad for your loss. My memories of Auntie Norine go back many years to coffee after church, and time spent visiting friends at different cabins at Sturgeon Lake. Norine hosted a bridal shower for me many years ago. Her smile would light up the room. I enjoyed seeing her when she visited Jean in Edmonton. We will miss her. My love to you all.
- Beth Ellis
Margo It was so sad to hear about your moms passing. I loved having you as neighbors and friends growing up. I remember your moms laugh and how her smiled lit up her whole face. I wish you and Man and your families much love and happy memories to share with everyone. Hugs.
- Marilyn Buechner
My sincere condolences to the family of Norine Sterling Shores wonderful sweet lady and I enjoyed the time I had with your mom as I cleaned for her before she had to move out of her condominium she will always be in my heart one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met and she talks so proud of her children we had wonderful conversations she will be very well missed bless you
- Nan King
So sorry Nan, Margo and families for your loss. I remember going to your house when we were in elementary school. Your Mom was always so friendly and nice to me. Mom (Anne Bryan) enjoyed visits with your Mom at the Gardens,. Our condolences to you and your families, sending prayers, love and hugs your way.
- Caryl Sallows
My heartfelt condolences to Norine's family. She was one in a million, a real lady of dignity and grace. She was smart as a whip, and I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with her, especially on our trip to Cuba.
- Elaine Alton

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