Shirley Canning Hein 1924 ~ 2005 On September 13, 2005 Shirley responded to her mother's call from beyond the veil to "Come home, its suppertime". Shirley's amazing story began on June 25, 1924 in the little town of Smoot, Wyoming, growing with her loving family and friends throughout Star Valley and beyond. Her heritage includes her mother, Mary Gomm, a girl born in Smoot and her father, PJ (Jack) Canning, a "city boy" born in Midvale, Utah. Both of her parents came from pioneer ancestry. Shirley's life-long ability to make and keep friends has helped many people over rough spots in their paths. This is particularly true for those of us blessed by being a part of her family. We thank her for all she has done for us and for all she has encouraged and helped us to become. She has been a stalwart disciple of Christ giving great service to her brothers and sisters in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She taught love, honesty and integrity, not only to her children, but also to many of her friends and to the many children she encountered during her school teaching years. Music was a major part of Shirley's life. As a child she studied the piano; she then went on to the high school marching band and to college pep band, playing drums. But she never neglected the piano. She went on to accompaniment, singing in choirs and small groups, then to conducting and teaching. She performed music with feeling and encouraged her students to express themselves through the music in which they performed. She loved all the pupils she taught but her favorites were her own family. Her special pupil was Staci, her deaf granddaughter, to whom she presented the fundamentals of piano. Staci then essentially taught herself to play receiving counsel and encouragement from her grandmother. Shirley enjoyed and appreciated all types of music, especially "Big Band", which extended to a love of dancing. She and her husband coached church dancing and took at least three different groups to the annual all-church dance festivals held during the years they were held. Shirley's life is celebrated by her husband, Marvin D. Hein; daughter, Shirla (Bryan) Alexander; and twin sons, Ronald A. (Marian) Hein and Donald J. (LeeAnn) Hein; 11 grandchildren and two more by marriage; one great-granddaughter and a great-grandson (on the way). We are blessed to share her life. We will remember her bright genuine smile and cheerful "Love You" and will always be grateful for her great influence for good and will try to continue our lives in the tradition she exemplified. Shirley's tribute will be held on Saturday September 17, 2005 at the Mount Olympus 9th Ward Chapel, 4635 South Lanark Road (approximately 3300 East). Family and friends may visit from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Holladay-Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Drive, and from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to services at the ward. Funeral Directors, Holladay-Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary.
Obituary: Shirley Canning Hein
By Deseret News