Shirley Pepper

A photo of Shirley Pepper

Shirley was born February 12, 1935 to Gilbert and Leah McKay. She was baptized in the Trinity Church of Merlin, on December 1 of that year. She had two sisters Margery McLoed and Nancy (2013), (Bob) Haddock.

Shirley grew up in Merlin and attended Merlin District High where she met many lifelong friends.

In 1952, she went to work at the Merlin Post Office. She was devoted to her work as a Postmaster assistant.

In 1956 she married her sweetheart Beverley Pepper. Two years later in 1958 she resigned from the Post Office so they could start a family. Beverley and Shirley welcomed their first son Jim into the world in 1960. A year later in 1961 they were blessed with another son, Terry. In 1963 they were over the moon with their first daughter, Tracey. A few years later in 1965 another beautiful girl, MaryLynn was born.

With a heavy heart in 1977 Shirley lost her forever sweetheart suddenly when Bev passed away. Her heart was broken but she didn’t give up. She went back to work at the Post Office, retiring 20 years later.

Shirley welcomed Randy Russell into the family the year of 1982 when he married her daughter, Tracey. Later that year Shirley was proud to announce the birth of her first grandchild, Melissa. Three years later her heart filled with joy at the birth of her second grandchild, Michael.

Many years later in 2010 Shirley’s family grew again when her Granddaughter, Melissa married Kellan Zimmer. In 2011 she became a Great-Grandmother to a little girl, Zoey and once again four years later to a little boy, Kelvin.

In 2015 Shirley’s Grandson, Michael married Heidi Chouinard and just when it was thought that her heart couldn’t be any fuller, she was blessed with another Great-Grandson, Jasper in 2019.

Shirley’s son-in-law, David Mifflin, was always near to her heart.

Shirley loved to crochet. She created beautiful blankets for each of her Grandchildren and her Great Grandchildren. She would tell you that she was making something beautiful for someone she loved.

Shirley will be remembered for her strength and determination, her love and compassion, and her beautiful and humorous spirit. As a Grandma and a Gram Gram she will be remembered for her snuggles, she had the best hugs and sneaking treats because one won’t hurt.

Fanny Beckstead, a very dear friend of Shirley’s will remember the long chats and good laughs they shared over the past 40 years.

A special heartfelt Thanks go to Murray Mifflin (late Esther) and their family for helping Shirley and her children after Bev’s passing in 1977-1978.

Thank you to the angels at the Chatham Retirement Resort who helped Shirley through her last years.

Weather it was Shirley, Mom, Grandma, or Gram Gram she was always waiting at the door with a smile and a hug. She lit up from the inside out at the sight of anyone she loved. Shirley has taken her seat once again at the canasta card table with her dear friends Hazel and Bill Gifford.

Friends wishing to remember Shirley with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider either the Alzheimers Society or the Ronald McDonald House


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Marjorie, Mary-Lynn, Tracey and families... So sorry to hear about the loss of your sister/mom. My sisters and I - the McKay girls from Bob (2010) and Pam (2020) - were reminiscing about how we remembered her from the days when she worked at the post office. This may be when we got a real confirmation of being related to many Peppers/McLeods/ & Mifflin families in our Dad’s ongoing “relatives” stories. (Bob McKay was a first or second cousin to Gilbert McKay??) Just wanted to share how we have fond childhood memories of walking into the Merlin post office to be warmly greeted by Shirley’s genuine friendliness and how it will never be forgotten. 🥰 Our deepest sympathies from the McKay girls, Sue (Wammes), Linda (Stirling), and Cindy (Allen) 🙏🙏🙏

My sincere condolences to the family. I grew up in Merlin and one of the best highlights was going to the post office to pick up my mail and having a lovely chat with Shirley. She always had a smile and a kind word to say. She will be missed.

Mike & Heidi, Tracey & Randy It is hard to find the words to express our sympathies to you after the passing of your Grandma, Mother. May you find peace in remembering the moments you shared and in knowing although she is gone, she will never be forgotten, always in your hearts. Ken & Mary Hogg

Tracey, Terry and Mary Lynn. Condolences and hugs to you all. It has been a long road and your mom is at peace now. I will always be thankful for her being such a good friend and support for Betty in her later years. Her next journey has just begun💕

Mike & Heidi, Tracey & Randy It is hard to find the words to express our sympathies to you after the passing of your Grandma, Mother. May you find peace in remembering the moments you shared and in knowing although she is gone, she will never be forgotten, always in your hearts. Ken & Mary Hogg

Terry, so sorry for your loss. Having lost my mother recently, I know what it is like to lose a mother. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Mary lynn and Glen, sorry for the loss of your mom Mary lynn, thinking of You’s during this difficult time.

Dear Tracey, MaryLynn, & Terry We are very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to each of you, and your family.

So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Very lovely lady. Keeping you in my thoughts.

So sorry for your loss Many years after I was married the phone rang and when I answered they asked for someone that did not live here. When I said they had the wrong number I recognized her voice. We talked for about 3/4 of an hour. When I said good-bye ,Terry said "who was that?" I said wrong number. His response to that was "You will talk to anyone".

Tracey and family! We are so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She is at peace now no more suffering. We are sure she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Tracey,Randy & families so very sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounds like a wonderful person and will be missed by family & friends.

I loved spending time in Shirley's home as a child.we had many fun times cousins playing and getting into mischief.Shirley was a great friend to my mom.Betty who passed away this January.I am sure those ladies are playing cards and having a good time in heaven

So sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Will be thinking of you Mike, Heidi and Jasper. Sending all our love.

Sorry to hear of Shirley's Passing, one of my favorite hair Customers, than I was fortunate enough to work with your mom in the mornings at the post office,

Our Condolences to Shirleys family and friends.She was a wonderful woman and will be missed.R.I.P. Shirley.

Our sincere condolences to all. Sorry to hear about Shirley. Prayers and hugs.😘😘

My condolences to you Tracey,Randy and family..thoughts and prayers are with you.

We're so sorry for your loss.

My condolences to Mary lynn and Glen. So sorry for your loss.

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, Phil and I are thinking of you and the family at this time.Hugs Michelle and Phil.

I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing Tracy and Randy. So difficult to lose your Mom. My deepest condolences.