It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Shirley Li, on February 10th, 2021. After a long battle with cancer, we feel at peace knowing that she can rest now.
Although Shirley’s life ended before we were ready, the time that she spent in our lives was memorable and full of love. She loved to love on people and showed it in different ways. Her hands never stopped moving. She knitted blankets and sweaters for loved ones' babies, played mahjong into the wee hours of the night, and prepared favourite foods and snacks in the kitchen. Spiced peanuts, braised oxtail and short ribs, salted eggs, and pickled vegetables were some household favourites. Shirley enjoyed having dim sum, dinners, and pot lucks with family and friends. She also loved to host visitors, take vacations, and have late-night long distance phone calls to stay in touch with those living afar.
As the eldest of 6 siblings, Shirley was the matriarch of the family and was known as "big sis". She had an answer for everything - the current best restaurant, the appropriate menu for special occasions, and any specific customs to follow. She made many connections in the community. Even with such a common last name, she only had to say that she was Mrs. Li and everyone would know it was her - the bakery, the restaurants, the hair salon, the store, the dentist, and the list goes on.
Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 40 years, Andrew; children Jason (Rose) and Jennifer (Jeffrey); grandchildren: Ethan, Emily, Marcus, Zoey, and Brooklyn; brother, John (Angela) Moy; sister, Yvonne (Peter) Lung; sister, Katherine Moy; sister, Wendy (Lawrence) Ng; and sister, Leslie Moy; and her many nephews, nieces, extended family, and friends. All of these she loved and touched deeply. Her children, nephews, and nieces will forever hear her voice stating their full name with a particular tone whenever doing something remotely questionable. Be aware of the full Chinese name. No additional words were ever required for scolding - only a name.
Shirley's passing leaves an immense void in our lives and we miss her deeply. We will keep her in our hearts and hold her near.
Thank you for your visits, prayers, and support during this difficult time for Shirley and for our family.
A private service will be held at Pine Hills Cemetary on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00 am. Shirley wanted us to support causes that were important to her, so we are asking for you to consider contributions to Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society in her honour instead of flowers.