Shirley (Erskine) Risser

Risser (Erskine), Shirley – Age 80, of Upper Musquodoboit, passed peacefully in her sleep on December 15, 2016 in Ocean View Continuing Care. Born in Upper Musquodoboit, she was the only daughter of the late Lester and Hazel (Holman) Erskine.

Shirley was the last surviving member of her immediate family and will be sadly missed by her children, Kurt (Phyllis), Prince George, B.C.; Blair (Lila), Calgary; Heather (Larry) Miller, Belnan; Rob (Judy), Chris (Tara), both of Chaswood; grandchildren, Steven, Kevin, Lisamarie, Sam, Sarah, Emily, Jordan, Jesse, Lacey, Shelby, Jared, Matthew; great-grandchildren, Abbey and Leigh; sisters-in-law, Rita Erskine, Barb Oxner, Joan Merrem; brothers-in-law, Reginald (Ethel) Risser, Harold Wamboldt; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert “Bob”; brothers, John, Donald, Kevin; brothers-in law, Mark (Beatrice) Risser, Charlie Merrem; sister-in-law, Marion Wamboldt; nephews, Roddy Erskine, Robert Erskine. She is reunited with her faithful four-legged companion, Heidi.

Those who knew Shirley knew that family meant everything to her. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. You never left her house hungry and even while in Ocean View she was still trying to feed everyone. No matter who you were, you were always welcome in her home. She was well known for her fabulous baking, especially her fudge, which people would come back every year to buy at the 50-mile yard sale. She welcomed borders from all over the world who were coming to work in the area, and were treated like kings. Those who visited her in her last few years in Ocean View knew that if you brought her sweet potato fries, you had a friend for life. She was Louis Good Used Clothing Store’s best customer. She was a lifetime member of St. James United Church.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, and funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Monday, both in St. James United Church, Upper Musquodoboit, Rev. Michael Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.

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