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Nola Maxine (Orr) Shurtz
September 24, 1933 ~ November 8, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Nola (Orr) Shurtz, a beacon of love and warmth, passed away on November 8, 2023, at the age of 90, surrounded by the love of her family at the Good Samaritan Prairie Ridge supported living facility in Raymond, Alberta.
Born on September 24, 1933, in Cardston, Alberta, Nola's life journey was marked by love, dedication, and a profound impact on those fortunate enough to know her. Her life was a testament to enduring love and service. She is survived by her children Terry (Craig) Clifton, Delon (Sue), and Dan (Connie), sister Verda (Bill) Perkinson, 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Byron Alfred Shurtz, daughter Kim (Jim) Malacko, son Barry, parents Amos (Gramps) and Lavon (Granny) Orr, brother Dale (Peggy), and sister Wilma. Remarkably, her sister Myrna Poitier passed away only three days after she did. Nola and Byron's love story began in October 1952 when they were married in Lethbridge. Their union was later sealed in the Cardston temple. Together, they faced life's challenges, and while Byron served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Eastern Canada, Nola supported him by working as a telephone operator.
The couple's passion for dance left an indelible mark on the community. For many years, Byron and Nola taught ballroom dancing, imparting their skill and joy to countless individuals across Western Canada. Their legacy lives on in the dance steps of those who waltz, jive, and foxtrot with grace, thanks to their guidance. Nola's love for music found expression in her membership in the Sweet Adelines for many years. She also took joy in watching and hearing her children sing, creating beautiful harmonies that echoed the melody of family unity.
Waterton Lakes National Park held a special place in Nola's heart, where she frequently rented a cabin for her children, their spouses, and grandchildren, fostering cherished memories surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Nola was not only a loving mother but also a great cook and baker. Everyone relished her chili, a special treat during the family gatherings to watch the Raymond parade pass by her house each summer. Her homemade pizza and fudge were also cherished favorites, a testament to the warmth and love she poured into everything she did.
An avid basketball fan, Nola found great joy in watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play. She also cherished moments spent watching the Toronto Raptors, and rarely missed a game. Family viewing will be from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2023, and friends may meet the family from 7:00-8:00 p.m. or before the funeral service on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Taylor Street Chapel, 221 N. 400 W., Raymond, Alberta. The funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m., with Pres. Greg Fode officiating. Interment to follow at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond, Alberta. A live-stream will be available, and a link will appear below her obituary on our website 15 minutes before service time.