Pearl Margaret Shelly (Sparks)
(1931 - 2014)

Pearl Margaret Shelly (Sparks)

Ontario, Canada
October 21, 1931

Quebec, Canada
January 27, 2014

Spending time with her Family and Friends; Singing solo, small groups and in choirs; Playing Organ & Piano; Entertaining guests in our home; The British Royal Family - especially Queen Elizabeth - with whom she always felt a "personal" connection and Reading Autobiographies. Her favourite perfume was Estee Lauder's Youth Dew. She loved any and all kinds of Jewellery - we often joked that Mom liked anything that sparkled! She enjoyed the music of Josh Groban and Andre Rieu - and was a "big fan" of Sidney Crosby - She thought he was the cutest thing on ice! She loved to play practical jokes and was a great sport - never afraid to make a fool of herself - Mom always made us laugh!!!!
Announcement & Tribute:

It is with deep sadness and tears, that we announce that our sweet Mom, Pearl Shelly, entered peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Saviour Jesus-Christ in whom she had put her trust at her mother's knee when she was 7 years old.

These tears are NOT for her, as we have full assurance that she is no longer suffering, but is already celebrating at the feet of Jesus - singing praises to Him and enjoying the unimaginable Glory that awaits all of us who know him personally.

These tears are for US all, who are left - and will miss her so very, very, very much.

As sisters, Karen, Margie and Carma, along with our Dad, take joy and comfort in knowing and seeing that Mom continues to live in the legacy that she has very practically passed along to EACH of us and to our children. We are all so very much like her.

Mom was a "Girly Girl". She taught us girls to love dresses and look pretty. She taught us femininity by example. She taught us to love beautiful things where so often what I like is way out of my price range! She leaves behind ... three versions of her!

She was an example of what we believe a Godly wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother should look like! She loved our Dad completely and was willing to lay her life down for her children. She prayed for us all daily - trusting God each day. She taught each of us to love The Lord above all and to care with 100% of who we are for those around us.

We all have so many amazing memories of her wit, keen sense of humour - her love of laughter and willingness to "put herself out there"! She was never afraid to try new things and was always so animated when she did!

We cannot begin to describe “in words”, how much we will miss her, but look forward to being reunited with her again soon. In the meanwhile, we are ALL committed fully to living our lives - honouring our Lord, and continuing to pass along the legacy that Mom shares with us all.

As a family, we want to thank all of you who have already expressed sincere sympathies and condolences to Dad and to each of us! This has meant so very much to us – as we know that we do not stand alone in this grief and loss.

The coming days will be lonely and difficult for each of us, particularly Dad as he adjusts to life without the “love of his life”.

Anyone who knew our parents – could NOT but realize that they practically breathed with one breath! Each day will be a challenge, but we know that God will continue to be close to him and will wrap His arms around him in comfort.

Lord, you are good! We praise you for who you are ... For all You have done in the past and for all you will do! We give you our love today and thank you for walking beside us and guiding us through a path we have never taken before. Your hand steadies us and it's just up to us to put OUR steps where your feet have marked the way. We choose to follow one step at a time. You never let me go. You never go faster than we can keep up with and I feel safe knowing that you are in control of whatever happens in my life.

As we move into a new day we are so glad that we have a relationship with you and trust you to guide our steps … our actions and our words.

What an exercise in faith this has been the last while. What more can we say?

We praise you, Lord – Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Karen, Margie & Carma


Friday, February 7, 2014

Times: 2 to 5 pm & 7 to 10 pm

Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home
222 Autoroute 20
Pointe Claire, Quebec
H9S 3X6

Address for GPS: 27 Salisbury
Pointe Claire, Quebec

(514) 483-1870


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Bethel Baptist Church
3060 Boul. Cote-Vertu
Saint-Laurent, Quebec
H4R 1P8

(514) 332-5711

BURIAL immediately following the Service at:

Cemitiere de Beauharnois
Chemin St. Louis
Beauharnois, Quebec

ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Guest Book (14 entries)
Our thoughts are with the family as we remember Pearl and her many years of ministry.
Jim & Marion Arnott (Friend)
June 10th, 2015
When I think of Pearl, it is consistency. When we first met in 1976 or the last time in the Canadian Office of GOM, she had the same warm smile and encouragement along with generous helpings of polite interest.
Her laugh was catching and was always including a welcome to join in at any moment.
Enjoying Heaven, we miss her here but may join sooner than we think.
donald stauffer (co-worker)
May 29th, 2015
In memory of Grandma one month after her passing... I wanted to read this during the remembrance part of the funeral but was not quick enough to my feet. At least now it will be a lasting tribute. I love you, Grandma. Love Jo

As I reflect on my grandmother's life, I am most thankful for her relationship with the Lord. It is because of this that she was the most loving, generous and influential grandmother one could imagine. She would often tell me that she and Grandpa were praying for me and was a daily example of how to glorify God, committed to playing organ weekly at church for many years and correcting the English correspondence courses in the office during the work week. She also sang solos and was an unforgettable part of the choir in the tenor section. We spent a lot of time together during the summers in the office when I was a pre-teen and teenager and Grandma always made me feel special- as if I had something unique to offer- and it was evident that she enjoyed spending time with me.

As a child, my favourite memories of Grandma are riding part of the way to conference on her lap, watching cable at her house, making butterscotch cookies with her and Ryan while my mom gave piano lessons and learning to play the piano from Grandma. She was also so encouraging and positive. I also treasure a memory of Grandma and Grandpa affirming me by jokingly "fighting" over me when I would ride on the car with them, each calling me their girl.

I also learned a lot about perseverance end love from Grandma. She was not one to complain no matter her state of health but was always interested in the well-being of others. She persevered through memory lapses after her stroke, which were clearly a challenge, and remained a happy, joyful person in spite of missing words and difficulty communicating at times. Grandma also had a distinct ability to listen, to empathize and to cherish a conversation. She FELT very deeply and always reassured me of the Lord's presence in every situation. She taught me to believe in the power of prayer and to be thankful.

Grandma also taught me that it is possible to remain in love with the same person for "as long as we both shall live". Grandma and Grandpa have always been truly one in mind and for many of the memories I am sharing Grandpa was involved in one way or another. God blessed their lives together so abundantly, especially in the areas of ministry and family. He knit them together so perfectly that they would generally, in every day conversation, refer to each other as "Mom" and "Dad". This demonstrated to me how interdependent they felt and is another special memory.

Grandpa loved Grandma more than himself. I know this because of how he cared for her physically and emotionally. When I would call, he would right away ask if I wanted to talk to Grandma, seeking to ease the loneliness she often felt. Another cherished memory is how her voice would "perk up" when I said, "Hi, it's Jo." "Oh, hi Jo!, " she would say. And then at the end of the conversation, "Thanks SO much for calling," as if I'd completely made her day.

Grandma brought so much joy to OUR lives, probably beyond what she realized. Her sense of humour defined her. She was not afraid to laugh at herself and often did things to make us laugh. One of my favourite things she would do was with her eyes closed, use her fingers to make a motion as if she were taking her eyes from their sockets, open her mouth and out the imaginary eyes in... Then she would wiggle her tongue from side to side in her mouth as if the eyes were moving around in there... She would slowly take the imaginary eyes from her mouth with her fingers but cross her hands and put each imaginary eye in the opposite socket, then open her eyes to show that her eyes were crossed! She had a lot of fun making us laugh and knew how to have a good time. In recent years the game of Things was her strength, as my family may testify.

There are just SO many ways Grandma's life impacted me and I am very thankful: a Christian heritage, an example of service and humility, love for family and her neighbour and appreciating humour and beauty in life. Many things will always remind me of Grandma: flowers, perfume, jewelry, cards in the mail, organ music, prayer, but most of all God's love and the love of family. Grandma has passed from what we know as life to being in God's presence for eternity. She is the one experiencing true life now, free from physical pain, worry, loneliness, disappointment and trials. Her time with us has been a glimpse of glory and we are blessed to have had such a close relationship with her.

Grandma was a wife, mother and grandmother to us for so long but I am overwhelmed with joy that she was able to become, even for a few short months, what she has truly always been to me before she passed from life to glory: a GREAT-Grandma. She will live on in our hearts as we pass on the qualities she so wonderfully lived out. Glory to God for the wonderful gift He lent us...Grandma. Love Joelle
Joelle Frank Lafleur (Granddaughter)
February 27th, 2014
Dear Clarence,
I just heard of Pearls' homegoing and want to extend my sympathy to you and your family.

Pearl and I were good friends during our teenage years and I have fond memories of our participation in each others' wedding.

Although we have been out of touch we have kept up with the news of your faithful service together throughout the years.

May you feel the loving arms of the Lord around you as you adjust to Pearls' promotion to heaven.

Marg (Nicholson) Beney
Margaret Beney (friend)
February 20th, 2014
Mr. Shelley and family- My prayers are with you and your family. Years ago,when I knew the Shelly family were singing about the Lord,I was there!. As you,Mr. Shelly
accompanied your wife on the xylophone, it was a real blessing and encouragement to hear the message of our Saviour's love for us as she sang,really from the heart of Jesus- her love for her Saviour was very real.
Shirley Eikle (Supporter/ friend)
February 7th, 2014
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"The collage of photographs of students that followed Bible courses with Mom is just one example of the many ministries that she had. Mom was always keen to serve the Lord, her devoted husband, her loving family and others. She blessed us so much!"
Stephen Frank
February 6th, 2014
"It was wonderful to have Pearl as my big sister! From the time I was flower girl at your wedding to adulthood you were only a phone call away to advise and help me. I am very proud to call you my "Sister" Jennie McDonald Feb 5th 201"
Jennie McDonald
February 5th, 2014
"I miss you so much grandma, I thank the Lord you were my grandma and that we got to spend so much time together. My heart is broken because you are no longer with me, but it rejoices at the same time knowing you are with our God. I love you."
Candace Frank
February 1st, 2014
"Grandma meant the world to me and my heart is heavy without her here. I am so thankful for who she was and that she shaped me into who I am today. My partner is crime, I love you grandma and I'm so happy you're not in pain anymore. Bethy"
Bethany Frank
February 1st, 2014
"I will always remember the last words you said to me the day before you passed away. I told you "Mom, it's OK to go. Don't stay for us. If I don't see you on this side (tomorrow), I will see you on the other side. To that you replied, "Ya, OK"
Karen Frank
February 1st, 2014
"I have so many memories of Mom - that keep flooding my mind! She was so good at "creating memories". This is a gift that I have learned from her - and hope I can continue with our own family. I am so thankful for the pictures we have."
Carma Kasper
January 31st, 2014
"All my life my dad frequently called me "Pearl." I teased him for mistaking me for his sister - but secretly, it meant so much to me. Auntie Pearl, I loved you and love you still, and am glad if in any way your mantle has fallen on me. Be at peac"
Rayelenn Sparks Casey
January 30th, 2014


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