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SHAYLA RAE DAWN DRIVER

SHAYLA RAE DAWN DRIVER

Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: December 12th, 2011

One of the shining stars upon this earth has found her place in heaven. Shayla Rae Dawn Driver (Alton) was taken from us suddenly as a result of a tragic car accident on McKinley Landing Monday, December 12, 2011. Shayla had travelled from her home in Kamloops to Kelowna to visit family and welcome the newest addition, a baby boy named Harrison Alton. One week later, Shayla was to have travelled to her mother's home in the Fraser Valley and celebrate Christmas with the two of them spending the holidays in Victoria.

During the 21 years she spent with family, friends and those who loved her; including her soulmate David Wilson, her vibrance was felt in everything she did and the compassion she showed to countless others was immeasurable. When Shayla walked into a room, her lively laughter filled every inch of it and when she left it, the love Shayla contained was released; shining goodness unto others. Her devotion to helping those less fortunate knew no bounds; from her involvement with the homeless, poverty stricken, survivors of abuse, those who had mental health issues and at risk aboriginal youth, her body had to grow to accommodate her immense, kind heart. Shayla was a warrior in that she stood up for others and her own beliefs; she was naturally drawn to those who were as unique as she was. Her love of everything colorful saw Shayla change her haircolor to suit whatever mood she felt and evoked a sense of eclectic fashion style which reflected her rainbow spirit.

The partnership between Shayla and David was a beautiful union of acceptance, eternal love and belief in each other's dreams. As Shayla was in her third year of attending Thompson River University, volunteering and work, the two of them had to balance out their hectic life with cuddles on their couch, fine dinners he would make for her and the thrill of watching a hockey game together. She also took to sewing with David's mother Joanne and Shayla was proud of the masterpieces she created. Her aboriginal roots were important as she embraced who she was and took great pride in playing the Honour Drum she was given at her Kelowna Senior Secondary graduation by Richard Gauthier.

In August 2011, Shayla fulfilled a childhood dream, along with her mother when they travelled to Disneyworld. It was her wish to see the Magical Kingdom and castle. As the sky lit up with a kaleidoscope of fireworks, the girl who had dreamed of meeting her Prince someday, wished upon a star and became the Princess we already knew she was. Now, as her life has been sadly taken, the loss of Shayla has had a ripple effect on this world.

She was predeceased by her Auntie Marilyn Sinoski and now joins her in peace.

Shayla is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Tonya Alton (Paul Padgett, Susan Padgett and family) her father, David Alton, her brother Gary Alton and sister-in-law Christel Alton, along with their baby boy, Harrison Alton. Her sister Kimberly Osborne, husband Matt Osborne, nephew Mason Osborne, niece, Parker Osborne, Faye Osborne and family, David Wilson, Joanne and Barry Wilson and family, her extended family Tanya-Lee Strommers, Michael Malm and Tristan Wyers, Lori, Sean, Melissa Lightle, Leeann, Devon and Dawson Frayn, Sherry Brown, and endless friends, including Chantelle Carriere, Jaclyn Porter and so many more.

A service to Celebrate the Life of this amazing angel will be held on Tuesday, December 20 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna at 11:11 a.m. Please wear something with the colours of the rainbow to reflect the vibrant girl, we all were touched dearly by.

We request no flowers and in lieu of them and to honour Shayla, please make a donation to The United Way c/o the Homeless Action Plan in Kamloops or The Canadian Mental Health Association.

On behalf of the family of Shayla Rae Dawn Driver, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who tried to save our babygirl and those who supported us throughout this extremely difficult time. Our sincere thanks to the Doctors and Nurses who worked so incredibly hard on Shayla at Kelowna General Hospital. We know you share in our great loss. To the Constables both in Kelowna and Surrey who dealt with us and stayed with our families, we are deeply grateful. Thank You to Cst. Tim Monteith, Cst. Steven Holmes, Cst. Baker, Cst. Williams and deep gratitude to Sheldon Herman who was willing to risk his life to try and save our daughter. To Betty Noble, you gave all of us peace with you sharing our daughters final moments. To Wayne Laurie from Mountain Peak Ministries, words cannot express how much your presence was appreciated. To Sandy from the Surrey Victims Services, thank you for being there when the devastating news was given. Our family would like to let the woman who was following Shayla know, there was absolutely nothing you could have done to save her on that treacherous road! Our beloved babygirl has spread her wings and remains the brightest star to always remind us of her love, legacy and 21 years on this earth.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com

Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250)762-2299.

 
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