Irene Mae Weir (nee Woodburn) passed away at the Golden & District General Hospital on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at the age of 93 years. A Memorial Service was held at the Mountainview Manor Assisted Living facility in Golden on Saturday, December 5th with Reverend Christine Muise officiating. A second Memorial Service was held from St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Trail, B.C. on Wednesday morning, December 9th with Reverend Canon Neil Elliott officiating. Inurnment of the cremated remains followed in the Mausoleum of the Trail-Rossland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Golden Food Bank Society, P.O. Box 1047, Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0, or Mountainview Manor Assisted Living Comfort Fund, P.O. Box 1589, Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0, or to the Trail Historical Society, 1394 Pine Avenue, Trail, B.C. V1R 4E6, in memory of Irene.
Irene was born in Trail, B.C. on November 7, 1916 and lived her life there until she moved to Golden in 2006 to be near her family. She was the longest living member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Trail. Irene loved Trail and all that it had to offer. She will be remembered as a very hard worker as she was widowed at a very young age and was left to raise her children on her own. Irene had a great love for her family and her friends and enjoyed time she spent with each one. She loved spending time in her garden, was active with the Trail Historical Society and volunteered at her church.
Irene was predeceased by her husband Robert (Bert) in 1953, her father James Woodburn in 1954, her mother Edythe in 1964, brothers Jack and Bill in 2001, great grandson Dylan Fortais in 2007 and her sister Edythe Barfield in 2009. She is survived by two children: Bob (Dianna) Weir of Campbell River and Jill (Phil) Taylor of Golden; grandchildren: Pat (Deb) Weir of Campbell River, Janice (Dave) Knodell of Campbell River, Dan (Deirdre) Taylor of Pitt Meadows and Sherra (Jay) Vorley of Golden; great grandchildren: Carly, Liam and Aidan; brother-in-law Ken Barfield of Niagara Falls, Ontario as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden, in conjunction with Personal Alternative Funeral Service (Carberry’s Chapel) in Trail.