Yolanda Norine "Lanni" Shupe

December 16th, 2020


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Yolanda Norine “Lanni” Shupe, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Born in Prince George, BC, on December 29th, 1951. Lanni passed away at the age of 68 in the presence of Terry, her loving husband of 47 years, at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC, on December 16th, 2020.

She married Terry Shupe in 1973, and together they lived in Kamloops. They built a home and moved to Cherry Creek in 1980, raising 3 children, many cats, and other animals. Lanni and Terry moved back into Kamloops in 2017 where Lanni spent her time volunteering at the United Church, walking Baxter, their beloved dog and enjoying life to its fullest with her beloved Terry.

Lanni was a creative, artistic woman with a zest for life. Her love for the dramatic brought her to the stage of WCTC where she took on many roles as an actress and director who gave her actors a canvas to play and explore their creative space. She was dedicated to WCTC from its conception and worked hard to make the visions of live theater come alive on the stage. Lanni retired from theater in 2008 but was called back to direct one more time in 2009 on the production of Miracle Worker. Lanni was a presence on stage as she was in life, full of love for others and going above and beyond for the ones she cared for. Lanni was an active, passionate, and devoted member of the Mt. Paul United Church. She put her love and compassion into her beliefs and delivered sermons that were touching and heartfelt.

Lanni was predeceased by her parents Bob and Margaret McInnes and daughter Elle. Lanni is survived by her devoted husband, Terry Shupe, her father’s second wife, Theda McInnes, sisters Wendy Mikkelson (Alan Watkin) and Carol McInnes (Lorn Shire), sons Philip and Shaun Shupe (Shauna). She will be dearly missed by all 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Special thanks from Lanni’s loved ones to the physicians and nurses at Royal Inland Hospital, especially the nursing staff from 6th South that made it possible for her two sons to see her, and for Terry to be with her in her final hours. We thank them very much and will hold each of them in our hearts for what they did for our family.

The Family has decided to hold off on having a celebration of life until we can gather as a group once more safely.


Her eyes
sky clear
unswervingly direct
in the observant face
engaged wholly in what is read
and said

to the other mouth
like the flash of a sleek fish
leaping from the long stillness of a pond

without comment
done for themselves
as an animal pads its way
through the thick mulch of the forest

Much for the other
little for herself
the quiet accomplishments
no recognition needed

So her life beyond the stage

But in the multicolored light
on the familiar floor
before the dusty cavern
subtle in its shuffling sounds
like those on the beach of a quiet sea
what absorbed before now blazes fierce
lighting the new-born scene
with force of mask and personality
and uttered meaning
to provoke laughter
to instill tears
to shine on one creature
among the crowd that she has shown
over the punctuated years

Let the applause roar
For all her lives

-Carl Hare
March, 2008


so sorry for your loss Terry. I remember Lanni as a very talented actor and nice human being. Shy but friendly, always had time to chat. Again, so sorry. - Joyce

So sorry for your loss, Terry. You and Lanni were among the first people I encountered in my early WCTC days...so warm and welcoming. Have so many good memories of Lanni at functions and on stage. We will all miss her. Sincerely, Roz

Sunday Dec.27 Dear Terry, If I had your number I would be calling. But I lost it right after I got it from Lanni when we ran into each other in the Save On in Brocklehurst. I was stricken this morning when I learned that Lanni has left us. I was totally unprepared. It was mentioned in passing in an e-mail from Dean Paul Gibson. He assumed that I knew. I'm so sorry, Terry. Whenever there is a celebration of her life I will be there. In the meantime, if you want to go for a coffee anytime please call 250-312-09XX or e-mail. An old Pal, Janet

To the Shupe family, We were really sorry to read about Lani's death. We both loved watching Lani on stage at the WCT theatre productions. We will never forget her performance in The Christmas Story at WCT many years ago. She was wonderful to watch in action. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Jane and Russ

Our hearts go out to you Terry.. While you were in Cherry Creek, every one ( even Kenny Glanville) considered you folks the upper crust of our society out here. You folks were the top of the world to everyone in Cherry Creek, much respected by everyone. We missed you both when you moved to town, but you were still often thought of and remembered with a lot of love.....you for your honesty and guidance, and Lanie for her quiet class and wisdom. Be strong, our friend.

So very, very sorry. Condolences to the family, she was a lovely lady. Barb & Stevi Sharron

Terry and family. We are thinking of you at this time of loss. We will miss Lanni. May the Lord be with you

Terry, Fred& I were shocked and saddened to read the news. We are thinking of you this evening. Fred & Pat Kaatz

Mr Shupe our condolences to you and your family. I've known you both since I was just a kid. Lanni was just so kind, friendly and smiley every time I met her. She would exude so much positivity. Our thoughts are with you always.

Terry, I’m so sorry about your loss. I didn’t know Lanni well, but, really admired her talent as both an actor and director. My condolences to you and your family. May she Rest In Peace.

So sorry to learn of your loss, Terry. I hope you find solace in your family and in your knowledge that she packed her too short life full of enjoyment. Let the applause roar indeed!

Terry and family I would like to send my condolences to the family. I used to work at H&R Block and did your taxes for years before leaving that job and working from home. Lanni will be missed by so many. My prayers will be with you and your family during this trying times. Brenda Oryschak

Sincere condolences to Terry and family. Lanni was one of the nicest, caring people I have ever met. I worked at WCT for 22 years and she was a ‘star’ in every sense of the word.

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