Irene McKimmie passed away on February 3, 2014, in Drayton Valley Alberta. She was born in Edmonton, AB on May 7, 1929 and was the only child of Robert and Mary Harris. Irene met Gordon McKimmie when she was 20 years old. They settled in the Mayerthorpe area where they stayed for twenty years, raising their family, and later moved to Golden in 1970.
Irene worked as a cook at various lodges in Alberta and at the Golden&District Hospital. She was very active with various church groups. Irene also loved to take short trips around B.C. area, and into Alberta to visit her children. She loved to walk around Golden and was very happy when the pedestrian bridge was built.
Irene was predeceased by her parents Robert and Mary, husband Gordon and granddaughter Eden. She is survived by her six children, Steve (Darlene) McKimmie of Lone Rock, Sask, Janet Lavay of Golden B.C., Thayne (Daryl) Barth of Drayton Valley, AB, Brenda (Blair) Perras of Evansburg, AB, Ian (Carol) McKimmie of Slave Lake, AB, and Helen (Jim) St. Jean of One Hundred Mile House, B.C. She also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service was held in Drayton Valley at the Drayton Valley Funeral Services Tinant Chapel on February 8, 2014. Internment followed at the Riverview Cemetery where Irene was laid to rest beside her mother.