LANGFORD POOLE, Shirley Elizabeth (nee Plain)

It is with heavy hearts and deep sorrow that the family of Shirley Elizabeth Langford Poole announce her passing on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at the age of 81. She had a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis but she passed peacefully in her sleep at the farm with loved ones close by. Her loyal sidekick, Bunny, crossed the Rainbow Bridge a week later to be by her side.

Shirley is deeply missed and will be fondly remembered by her loving daughter, Celeste (Mark) Burdinsky and grandkids, Beckett, Mikaela and Cole; son-by-heart, Scott (Julie) Stirling; and the 3 Bettys (Diane, Deb and GG). Also sorrowful are her quilting Travel Bees, the W2W supper group, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends, and son, Richard (Rhonda) Langford with Courtney and Justin. Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Rita & Leroy Plain, her sister, Mary, and brothers, Don, George and Bill; her first husband, Jack Langford; her beloved son, Victor; her second husband, Mel Poole; and her partner, Mike Przysiezny.

Shirley is remembered as a feisty Irish redhead who adored her family, friends and pomeranians. When we think of her, we recall her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh, and her zest for life. She had a passion for sewing, quilting and gardening, was a porcelain doll master, and had the knack for all things crafty. Shirley was an incredibly giving woman with a generous heart. She had a great sense of humour and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her memory will live on through her many family traditions, as well as her beautiful quilts and dolls.

We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Strathcona County Palliative Home Care Team for their exceptional and compassionate care, especially Dr. Trent Dusang, Maja, Andrew and Kirk.

As per her wishes, Shirley has been cremated and is resting in her Old Country Rose cookie jar on Celeste’s mantle. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Burdinsky farm in late May. For those unable to attend, it will be livestreamed. Condolences, memories, and photos can be shared and viewed on the Serenity Funeral Services website ( In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of mom’s favourite charities: the Alberta SPCA, the Alberta Lung Association, or the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Serenity Funeral Services – South
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Rita Spearman

You will be greatly missed. Growing up on the farm near you in Northern Alberta was the best! We had so much fun rafting on the slough, playing softball, dancing and swimming in the river. You were the best aunt. Love you

Liz Henderson

I met Shirley when she joined our St. Albert Quilters’ Guild. She was a valued and popular member always willing to help out or become involved in a project. I send my deepest sympathy to her family especially her granddaughter that she talked about so often. She will be missed in our guild.

Virginia Falkenberg

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Shirley. We remember her and Jack with great fondness when we all lived in Fort McMurray and sang in the choir etc.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Terry and Janine Plain

Sending you our deepest condolences. Aunt Shirley is in our thoughts and will always be with us. There are many memories of her and more will come to mind. She will be missed. Love to all the family.

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