Freer, Shirley

September 9, 1934 ~ November 15, 2022

Shirley Delores Muriel Freer (nee Mills)

September 9, 1934 – November 15, 2022

Shirley Freer was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She passed away peacefully at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital – Bluewater Health on Tuesday, November 15th at the age of 88. She will be deeply missed by her beloved husband of 66 years, Stanley Ernest Freer. Shirley is survived by her children Cheryl (late Dennis) Kelly, Frederick Freer, Charlene (Gary) Waters. Her grandchildren Kyle (Josee) Kelly, Danica (Nicholas) Prangley, Cole Freer, Dylan Waters, Karley Waters. Shirley will be dearly missed by her great grandchildren Keign, Hudson, Katelyn, Nixon & Morgan, Camden & Reid. Lovingly remembered by her siblings Edythe (late Ross) Wilson, Corinne (Jerry) Kinsman, Gloria (Ken) LaPierre. She is predeceased by her brothers Murray (Pat) Mills, Gary Mills and her parents Frederick and Pelma (Cole) Mills.

Shirley was born to Frederick and Pelma Mills in 1934 living in Brigden, Ontario. Stan and Shirley were married for 66 years. They resided on the Rokeby line family farm where they raised their three children and had a full house of grand and great-grandchildren at all times. Their farm was welcoming and felt like home to many. The greatest gifts in life are love and time, Shirley blessed her family and the community around her with both. In addition to her devotion to family she was a skilled and dedicated Registered Nurse for Bluewater Health, C.E.E. Site, Petrolia. She graduated from Sarnia General Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and completed a successful 40 year career as a recognized and accomplished RN. Her legacy of love and laughter will live on through her family and those who loved her most.

Shirley’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Lambton County EMS as well as the staff at C.E.E. Hospital, Petrolia for their devoted care and compassion in her last few days.

At Shirley’s request there will be no public visitation or funeral service.

Sympathies may be expressed through donations to C.E.E. Health Foundation (, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( or a charity of your choice.


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  1. Cheryl and family.
    So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. Cheryl and family. I have many great memories working with Shirley and our CEE family. Sending my deepest condolences to your entire family

  3. Sincere sympathy to Stan and family, and also to Edythe Wilson and Pat Mills on the passing of Shirley. Shirley was a great nurse, always calm & took the time to be kind to everyone. Cherish your many memories.

  4. Cheryl and family My condolences on your loss of Shirley. I have many fond memories of working with Shirley. Sending hugs.

  5. Shirley was a nurse on the maternity ward at CEE when i had my children. She was a wonderful and cariing RN. One of the best on that floor. Sending our condolences to her family.

  6. Cheryl and family . So sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing . Sending my sincere condolences, love & hugs at this sad time

  7. To Stan and family, Alan and I express our sadness for the loss of Shirley. May happy memories comfort you at all times. Such a wonderful person. God bless you all. Alan and Marie (Dawson)Stephenson

  8. To Cheryl and family,
    So sorry to learn of Shirley’s passing. She was a wonderful long term fellow nurse from the family at CEE. She always had a smile and unflappable aura. Celebrate your memories.

  9. Sympathy goes to all the Freer Families, Shirley was a very sweet and quiet lady and will be missed by so many ! Thinking of you all at this difficult time! Love Always Maureen Bailey and Family xoxo