(nee Neufeld)

was called Home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at the age of 91 years. She loved the Lord with all her heart and passed away peacefully looking forward to being with Jesus and re-united with loved ones. Irene was born in Central in the Province of Woronesh, Southern Ukraine. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1926 at the age of 5 years and grew up in Whitewater, Manitoba. She met her husband, Henry Jacob Epp there and they married in Whitewater in 1944. In 1966 Henry and Irene moved to Penticton, B.C. and later to Vernon. Along the way, she touched many lives and made many lasting and treasured friendships. God granted Henry and Irene the privilege of celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary on July 7th, 2004 before Henry passed away in 2005. Irene spent a happy childhood on the farm, and learned the skills that made her a great musician, cook, horseback rider, and friend. Later, she worked throughout the Okanagan Valley always at positions that always involved dealing with other people. Irene loved music- playing the mandolin and singing in the choir.

Irene will be sadly missed by her sons; Richard, Henry, Don (Anne), Peter (Lorraine) and Tony (Donna) and her daughter, Carolyn, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law Margaret Riedeger and numerous nieces and nephews as well as her Church family and many, many friends. Irene was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

A Celebration Of Irene’s Life will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. A Reception will then be held in the Tea Room at Bethel Funeral Chapel.

As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Irene to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan or the Starehe Children’s Home in Tanzania, Africa through the Villages Of Hope Africa Society. The family wishes to thank all the nurses and staff at the Creekside Landing for their excellent care and kindness in making Irene’s last days so comfortable.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Funeral arrangements have been made with


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