Shirley Marie Wambolt (Burgess): Devoted to her family and church, she loved to cook and travel

Shirley Wambolt

Shirley passed away at her home in Edmonds, Wa. February 28, 2021 She was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 2, 1938 the daughter of Harry and Marie Burgess. Shirley is survived by her loving husband and partner in everything for 64 years, Ron, sons Robert, of Portland Ore., Ron (Becky) Everett Wa., and David of Montreal, as well as daughters Catherine of Montreal and Deborah of Marysville Wa. She also. leaves behind six grandchildren and one great granddaughter, as well as her brother Gordon Burgess (Laurie) of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and many nephews and nieces in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Shirley was predeceased by her parents and her sisters Gloria and Ann Marie, her brother Harry, and in 2019 her grandson, Steven.

Shirley was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She never once complained when Ron’s employment caused the family to leave Halifax in 1961 to live in Montreal and then during the following 18 years on to Victoria B.C., Vancouver, Quebec City, Sorel, Halifax, Montreal, Beaverton, Ore., Montreal, Beaverton, Or., Seattle.

Shirley was an award-winning gourmet cook who loved to host family, friends, and Ron’s business acquaintances. She was devoted to her church, Holy Rosary Edmonds, volunteering to help at wedding and funeral receptions, as well as being a very enthusiastic member of the Grotto Girls who meticulously maintained the church’s grotto each week.

Shirley loved to travel. On summer vacations she and Ron took their children on driving trips to all 48 contiguous states. After being married 25 years with no children left at home they went on vacation to Martinique. In the years that followed they visited European and Asian countries numerous times. They climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the first and only mountain they ever climbed, in 1994, and they drove across Tibet in 1997. Their travels came to an end in 2016 when Shirley’s health deteriorated as a result of heart disease and dementia.

Viewing will be at Beck’s Tribute Center March 10th 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Flowers may be sent to Beck’s. Funeral services will be held at Holy Rosary Church Edmonds at 10 a.m. March 11, 2021. Burial will follow at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery.

25 Replies to “Shirley Marie Wambolt (Burgess): Devoted to her family and church, she loved to cook and travel”

  1. We are saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved wife, Shirley. May the wonderful memories of your 64 years together help sustain you. Thank you for sharing her story.


  2. Thoughts and prayers to you Ron and your family. Shirley was a lovely lady and I will miss seeing the two of you together walking around Edmonds.


  3. So sorry Ron. Thank you for sharing you and your wife’s story with us all. You are a person I’ve come to admire a great deal and I’ve learned a lot from you over the past few years in your MEN comments. You’ve turned my thinking around in some cases. I lost my wife of 39 years in 2016 and I know it is painful and difficult now but there will be recovery and joy again. God Bless and take care of yourself. That’s really important.


  4. Ron, your close friend of many, many years will be greatly missed by your friends in Edmonds, your church
    family, and your own family . Blessings to you all.


  5. So sorry Ron for the loss of your beloved Shirley. She will be dearly missed by all. She was always so cheerful and with a wonderful smile. Craig and I send our heartfelt condolences.


  6. Ron –

    What so inspires me is the adventures you and Shirley took across the globe. What a team. Thank you for setting of love and inspiration. From my family to yours – may you back on the shared past with great joy and may the days ahead inspire you even more when you unite again.


  7. Ron, I most remember Shirley’s smile and her warm hugs, she was a blessing to us all. My thoughts are of you, losing. a partner of 64 years. May the memories sustain and may you continue to make valuable contributions to our community.


  8. Ron, I am so very sorry for your loss. In ever got to know Shirley and really did not know you but I would often see the two of you walking Edmonds. I also saw you about two months ago at Salon Celebrations while you waited for Shirley to get her hair done. I am deeply saddened for you. As some have said take heart in all of the years you had together. Best to you.
    David Thorpe


  9. Ron, I’m so sorry to learn that you have lost your love, soulmate, wife and partner. I always enjoyed seeing you two out and about, walking the town, living the good life together.


  10. Ron,

    I wish you my condolences. I am so sorry for your loss.

    I am heartened to learn that you had 64 years years together. I think she was a strong person with a fighting spirit. Thank you for your care and support as she declined. It can be a final labor of love.

    I will always remember her warm smile.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Real first and last names — as well as city of residence — are required for all commenters.
This is so we can verify your identify before approving your comment.