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Irene Kathleen Birkett (Hughes)

Date of Death: December 15, 2018

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Irene Kathleen Birkett (nee Hughes) Sept. 5, 1918 – Dec. 15, 2018

 

Irene passed away peacefully at age 100, at the Victorian Community Health Center Long Term Care Facility. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years Garnet James and siblings Edna Beddard and Reg, Jack and Doug Hughes.

Irene was born and lived in Winnipeg until she moved with her husband and family in 1959 to Oakville Ontario, which was home until her move to Kaslo in 2009.

Irene is survived by children Wally Birkett and Donna Corgnati (Bart) of North Carolina and Drew Birkett (Patricia Feeney) of Kaslo BC; as well as sisters Joan, Betty and Sheila.

Irene was the dearly loved grandmother of Timothy Pasch (Saori), Adam Pasch, Maeghan Sutton (Jerry), James Birkett (Katie) and Sierra, Brendan, and Robin Birkett. She was great-grandmother of Kai and Riku Pasch and Hudson and Quinn Sutton.

Our mother was a gifted poet and writer and home-maker. She loved to sing and Irene and Garnet would often break into song, in harmony. She loved music and sang in the church choir and Sweet Adelines for many years. Even at advanced age Irene remembered lyrics like an encyclopedia. In Kaslo she was known for her singing and ready smile. Irene and Garnet loved to laugh and humour was always central. Cooking and baking, books, cryptic crosswords, golf and curling were her other passions. Irene also helped out with volunteer work in her later years in Oakville.

We would like to thank all the staff at the Kaslo Extended Care for the wonderful care they gave Irene in the years she was there.  Thanks also to all the volunteers from the area churches and general populace who shared their talents and love of music with our mother and the other residents.

In the mist, you shone a light.

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We would like to thank all the staff at the Kaslo Extended Care for the wonderful care they gave Irene in the years she was there.  Thanks also to all the volunteers from the area churches and general populace who shared their talents and love of music with our mother and the other residents.

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