Irene Margaret ( Mack )
Born: Vancouver on August 4, 1914
Passed from this life: Kelowna on Saturday, December 31, 2005
Mom was born the day WW I was declared. Her parents named her Irene after the goddess of Peace. Throughout her life she strove for harmony with all. Conflict and discord affected her deeply.
Her father moved his family out of Vancouver in 1918 to escape the Spanish Flu pandemic that was ravaging the city where he worked as an Undertaker.
They settled on farmland in North Enderby, originally purchased by the families in 1903. After high school graduation she helped her father with the farming. Mom lived on the Enderby-Grindrod Road at Machaven until 1936 when she moved 2 miles down the road after her marriage to our Dad. All four of us were raised on the farm where she worked along side of Dad for many years.
She was a very active member of St. Andrew’s United Church in Enderby and a life member of the U.C.W., joining the church in 1933 and serving until a severe heart attack in 1997 curtailed her activities.
Her sense of humor never left her. Reading and crossword puzzles were a passion. She was an avid baseball, hockey and curling fan. She was a wealth of information regarding family memories and history of the North Okanagan and for many years a member of the Okanagan Historical Society and the Enderby Museum.
After 84 years in North Enderby she moved to The Dorchester Retirement Residence in Kelowna in May 2002. There she was surrounded by a caring extended family but always missing that view of the cliff she had from her farmhouse window.
Predeceased by: Parents William in 1965 and Flossie (Wheeler) Mack in 1988 and Husband Paul in 1985. Lovingly cherished by children: Donna-Marie (Greg) Milne of Vernon, Elaine Carson of Victoria, Laurel (Bill) Richards of Kelowna and Raymond (Renate) Imbeau of Kelowna; Eleven Grandchildren and 28 Great-grandchildren; Sister Eleanor Skyrme (Ron Holmes) of Enderby.
The family would like to thank Dr. A. Andruchow, HCN, PCN, Home Support Workers and the Dorchester Staff for all their support to Mom and us. Cremation, with an internment service in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Andrew’s United Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 546-7237