PARENTEAU, Shelley Maureen

PARENTEAU, Shelley Maureen


Shelley Maureen Cameron-Parenteau, age 63, passed away peacefully on February 27 with family and love surrounding her. She was born and bred in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and no matter where she lived, she held Cape Breton dear to her heart.

She was the daughter of Martin James and Ella Mae (McKinnon) Cameron, who predeceased her as did her brother Graham. She is survived by her husband Al, her children Lindsay (Andrew, Cadence, Clark), Jillian (Adam, Dorian, Ewan, plus baby #3 in June), Sam, and Connor, all in Alberta; siblings Stewart (Cathy) of NS, Barry (Pamela) of BC, Denise (Leo) of Texas, and Tracey (Karl) of ON.

Shelley was a mother extraordinaire. She could have written a book on how to be an amazing mom yet somehow made it look easy.  They were raised with her scrumptious home cooking, and her baked goodies brought happiness to all who were lucky enough to savour them. Her cinnamon twists, French bread, and apple pies were truly memorable!

Shelley met Al, the man of her dreams, in 2001.  They lived with their children in Porter’s Lake, Nova Scotia, until 2005 when they all moved to Leduc, Alberta.  They drove across the country with four children, 4 dogs and 3 cats. When they were stopped at a gas station and a little girl looked over and said to her mom, “Look! It’s a zoo!”, that pretty much summed it up for her love of animals.

Shelley went to school for Graphic Design, but her innate artistic ability rivalled anything you would learn in school.  From drawings to family Christmas stockings, she made everything with love and her talent brought happiness to those who were lucky enough to be on the receiving end of it.

Shelley had a beautiful singing voice and played the piano for many years. Whether she was singing at a wedding, singing lullabies to her babies, or just singing along with a song on the radio, you could just hear the natural beauty in her voice.

Shelley and Al’s family grew with the addition of two adorable grandchildren, Dorian and Ewan. The sun rose and set for her with those little guys!  She loved babies beyond belief, and having babies around again made her happier than a bee on a sunflower.

Although Shelley left us far too soon, she created endless happy memories with her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, and many friends.  She wanted us to remember her without sadness, which seems impossible right now, but to honour her we will do our best to do just that.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, March 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm. at St.Vitals Catholic Parish  (4905 50 St, Beaumont, AB T4X 1J9).


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Lisa Rhymes

I went to Vocational school with Shelly back in the mis 80’s. She was a very special person, and beautiful in every way. We had great fun in that class and I will never forget our times together. I want to send my condolences to her family, I cannot imagine how much you will miss her but if I remember her like I think I do…she will be right beside you for support, behind you for a push and in front of you to help get you through anything you chose to do in life.
Fly high beautiful lady…fly with finches.❤️

Sue Taylor

So so sorry Al for your loss. Sending thoughts, prayers and hugs to you and your family

Robert Pierrynowski

Please accept my heart felt condolences on the loss of your beloved wife, mother, and sister Shelley. Having grown up with the Cameron clan on Whitney Avenue, this sad news brings back much thought of the entire Cameron family, the simple joys of childhood in a steel town. Shelley was always a kind soul and will be truly missed, but she will live on in the heart and faces of her children.

Erma & Jack carmichael

Remembering Shelly’s beautiful smile her love for family and friends, and of course her furry friends! Shelly’s Mom & Dad were our great friends for many years. Rest in peace dear one.

Jackie (Carmichael) and Steven MacDougall

We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Shelley`s immediate and extended families- one of the loveliest, beautiful people I have ever known. I haven`t seen Shelley in many years, but have the warmest memories from my younger years of her and her family. Visiting the Cameron household was a joy in my childhood- always so welcoming and full of kindness. Her mom`s shortbread recipe is now cherished in our (and extended) family and I have a cookbook given to me and signed by Ella and Shelley that is greatly cherished and the best used in my house. I loved reading the beautiful words in her obituary and of her joy in her children and grandchildren. Much love from Sydney, CB – Jackie

Donna McLanders

We were so saddened today to hear of Shelley’s passing. Shelley and the Cameron family were a part of our lives for many years. She was a lovely person who has left us too soon.
With deepest sympathy,
Donna and Alice McLanders

Heidi (Hannem) Fahie

My condolences to all of you. I have many fond memories of all the Cameron girls. Shelley was an amazing person.

Madore family

We grew up with Shelly in Cape Breton, thinking of you at this time, sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences.

Helen (Muise) Joseph

I was so sorry to hear of Shelley’s passing. I went to school with Shelley in Sydney and recently reconnected through Facebook. Her beauty, talent and wonderful spirit will never be forgotten. My sincere condolences to the family.

Michele Sidney

Sincerest sympathy extended to you Lindsay and the entire family on the passing of your mom.

Denise Cameron

An absolutely incredible person and the best big sister to me. We had so many wonderful times together, you were taken far too soon and I’ll miss you always. Love you forever xox

Connie Parenteau

Sending heartfelt condolences to Alain and your family.
May Shelley’s love of life live on in your hearts.
She was a beautiful person inside and out.

Stewart Cameron

Farewell dear sister. I remain in awe of your loving, generous nature, your courage and your perseverance in the face of challenge. Our family loved our visits with you in Cape Breton and Cole Harbour.

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