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BENNETT, Irene Louise (nee Dyrland)

June 27, 1929 – Gilby, Alberta
October 21, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Irene Louise Bennett of Calgary passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Irene was born near Gilby, AB on June 27, 1929. She was predeceased by her husband Jack Bennett on July 25, 2007. She was also predeceased by her brother Allan; her sister Inez; and her parents Bertle and Selma Dyrland. Irene is survived by her brother Earl (Jacki) of Red Deer; their sons, Bart (Jody) and their children, Taylor, Danielle and Jackson of Sylvan Lake, and Cory (Tannis) and their children Tanner and Cambrie of Calgary.

Irene was educated in Gilby, Eckville and Rimbey before moving to Calgary where she attended the Garbutt Business College. Moving to Vancouver in the late ‘40s, she was employed with Kelly Douglas (Nabob) until 1957. She then returned to Calgary and was employed in the “oil patch” with several companies. In May 1959 she married Jack Bennett. Irene was associated with the Active 20-30 Club Activettes, the National Secretaries Association, Professional Secretaries International, and International Association of Administrative Professionals, holding many positions, both local and district. Irene received a fifty year award for selling Beauty Counselor Cosmetics. She was a regular member of 783 (Calgary) Wing, Airforce Association of Canada. She and Jack spent many happy times camping and making good use of their timeshares to travel to the U.S., Britain, Canary Islands, Mexico, Caribbean, and many locations in Canada. With their affiliation with 783 Wing, they attended many meetings and conventions over the years. Our thanks go out to the staff at the Beverly Centre (90th Avenue S.W.) for their great care of Irene over the past nine years.

In lieu of a formal service, the family will make a memorial tribute to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403) 290-0110, If friends so desire, they may make a donation in Irene’s memory to the same organization. Condolences may be forwarded through The family extends their gratitude to Jack and Irene for preparing this obituary.

In living memory of Irene Bennett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Wendie (Elviss) Krysak :

    I met Irene (and Jack) when she was President of our local chapter of National Secretaries Association, and I was membership chairman. She got me using her Vanda Beauty Counselor line of cosmetics, which I loved.

    My parents also knew them through the Air Force Association and Dad’s involvement with Air Cadets. In fact when 604 Squadron celebrated its 50th anniversary, all the Cadets were invited to their large parade in the Stampede Corral. Since our son was one of the flag bearers, my mother came down to see it, and disappeared. I later found her sitting in the VIP box with Jack!

    Irene was a lovely lady and touched many with her kindness and grace.

    Godspeed, Irene. Jack’s waiting for you.

    Much affection, Wendie, (Elviss) Krysak

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