Shirley Ribbins (nee Jones)

July 30, 1926 – June 29, 2017

Shirley Mae Ribbins (nee Jones) 88, of Parksville, BC passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Gardens of Qualicum Beach on June 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Casey and Gladys Jones, her step-son Peter Ribbins and step-daughter Deirdre Knier. She is survived by her loving husband Patrick Ribbins, her step-daughters, Patricia Ribbins and Gillian Ribbins, her dear cousins Doris Mae Warren, Clinton Jones and second cousin Mark Warren (Alice) and their four daughters. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Growing up in Sudbury, Ontario she was inspired by her hard working father and moved to Toronto to carve her own path. Shirley was a woman who took great pride in her career. She worked her way from her first roles as secretary and assistant rising to a position of leadership in public relations in many prestigious hotels in Toronto. She finished her career as Director of Public Relations at the Park Plaza. Once retired she and her husband followed their dream and retired to Vancouver Island where Shirley was an active member of her community, frequently participating in Royal Canadian Legion events. She took pride and joy in the achievements of her family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. The family would like to especially thank the faculty and staff of the Gardens and Marion Scott who was a comfort to Shirley in her final months. The family will celebrate her life privately and ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Stephen’s Church ststephensucqualicum.ca. Memories and condolences can be shared at yatesmemorial.ca