Shirley Marryatt

Obituary of Shirley Diane Marryatt


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Loving wife, mother and grandmother, surrounded by family at the QEII, Halifax Infirmary on May 23, 2024, after a long battle with AML (Leukemia). Born in Halifax, she was a daughter of the late John Harnish and Florence McDougall.


Shirley was known as the rock of the family, always there to help through good times and bad. She will always be remembered for her pool days, weiner roasts, sisters’ night, Christmas Eve, Chief Volunteer at the campground and card games with the ladies. There wasn’t a thing she couldn’t bake. 


She was a proud wife and mother but most of all grandmother. Her grandbabies were her world, “my Josh” and “my Darcie”, she spent a lot of time spoiling them since the day they were born. We love you Gram. She was loved by all kids that met her, the little ones in the family always held a special place in her heart.


Shirley is survived by her husband of 46 years, Chris; son, Christopher (Beth); daughter, Tara (Joe); grandson, Joshua and granddaughter, Darcie. She is also survived by sisters, Betty, Marlene (Philip), Sheila (Daniel), Johnni, Kathy (Jim) and Karen (Robie); brothers, Eddy, Douglas, Cecil (Rose), Wayne (Colleen) and Darrell. She was predeceased by brothers, Donald and Larry; sisters, Audrey, Helen, Barbara and Gwendolyn.


Special thanks to the VON Medical Day Unit and Hematology at the VG Site. A very special thanks to her friend, niece and second daughter, Sandra Zinck for always being there for Shirley during these difficult times.


A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Admiral Rock Cemetery. Donate your blood in memory of Shirley which can be done through Canada Blood Services.


To quote her one last time: “That don’t make no sense”