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EDGE, Florence Irene (nee Greer)

EDGE, Florence Irene (nee Greer)

August 10, 1918 – Calgary, AB

February 26, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Irene Edge on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the age of 95 years.

Irene was the second daughter born to Eliza (Lila) and George Greer, she was born at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary Alberta.

Irene grew up in Calgary and attended Central School and Central High School in Calgary. Finishing High School at sixteen years old, she took a business course for one year and followed it with a year at normal school. Irene was captain of the Junior High School Basketball team, and also played on the normal school basketball team.

Irene was to do her practicum at the Brushy Ridge School, south of Cochrane. It was here that she met her future husband David Edge on April 5, 1937.  Irene was nineteen and David was twenty five years old. Irene taught at the newly built Brushy Ridge School from September 1937 to June 1940.

David and Irene were married on Tuesday, February 23, 1940 at the Central United Church in Calgary, and moved into their new home south of Cochrane. Irene lived in her home for seventy four years.

Irene was from an old time pioneer family, Greer – 1882, Emmett -1908, and married into an old time family, Ellis -1886 and Edge – 1887.

Irene worked and helped David in the ranching business south of Cochrane and in the Bassano area. Irene did substitute teaching over the years in Cochrane, Springbank and Beaupre.  David and Irene were members of the Southern Alberta Pioneers and Their Descendents’ for many years. Irene was their Pioneer Daughter in 1970 and Honoured Pioneer Lady in 1993.

David and Irene enjoyed curling at the rinks in Cochrane and belonged to the Western Stock Growers.  They went on many tours to Mexico, Georgia, Florida and the Bahamas. During this traveling time they also went to Alaska, Hawaii, California and the Maritimes. Irene later travelled to Russia, the Balkans, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Italy, and Greece and into the Black Sea area and Istanbul.

Irene was the oldest living member of the Cochrane Chapter of the Easter Star, this being the 67th year as a member and was the Worthy Matron in 1954.

Irene was a great Calgary Stampeders and Flames fan. She also enjoyed golfing and playing bridge with her friends. Irene was a gracious hostess and had many friends and family who would stay at her home. She was always noted for her special smile and great sharp mind. Many thought of her as a special lady.

Irene is survived and dearly missed by her children; Dr. Brian Edge (Pauline) and Beryl Sibbald ( John); her grandchildren , Cheryl (Paul) Nixdorff, Jay ( Kari ) Sibbald, Laurie ( Peter) Hughes and Linda( Rob) Berner; great-grandchildren, Brady and Elise Nixdorff, Billy and Cole Hughes, Madison, Kylie and Kalsie Sibbald , and McCoy and Cooper Berner.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, David Edge, who passed away April 5, 1988, exactly 51 years to the date that they first met. She is also predeceased by her parents Lila and George Greer; her sister Lila Edge; and all the sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law of the Edge family; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was the last of the Edge’s of that generation.

Mum, your family and friends will miss you now, always, and forever.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (128 First Street East, Cochrane, AB), on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Irene Edge, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANETelephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Bill Copithorne :

    Irene was a fine person and will be missed by everyone, she was such a friendly person and always had a smile.

    My heart goes out to the family in their time of sorrow.

    Bill Copithorne

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  2. Mona Sylvestre :

    We enjoyed Irene’s company on our once a month outing to the Casino.
    She hosted us after one of our outings at her home. We all enjoyed her wonderful home
    and the treats that were served. You will certainly will be missed.

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  3. Edith Wearmouth :

    Beryl, John and family,
    Brian, Pauline and family,
    I was so sad to hear of your mother’s passing. I will always remember her as a soft spoken lady – always with a kind word and a way of making you feel important. I remember her as a substitute teacher in Brushy Ridge. I am currently away so will not be with you on March 4 as you celebrate her life. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and that the world was a better place for having your mom in it.
    Edith Wearmouth
    Vernice Wearmouth also sends her condolences

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  4. Fran McTaggart (nee Baptie) :

    Dear Beryl, John and Families,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of your Mother. Susan and I (the Baptie girls) always enjoyed talking to her at the SAP Roundup. She always spoke of her David going to school with our Dad, George .
    With love, Fran McTaggart

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  5. Sandra Humphreys :

    Brian, Pauline and Family
    Beryl, John and Family

    We were very sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bob and Betty Baptie
    Sandra Humphreys

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  6. Ray and Beth Zell :

    We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother. She was a wonderful lady and we will never forget that radiant smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Much Love,
    Ray and Beth Zell

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  7. Susan Peacock :

    Myself and Fran are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Our condolences go out to all the family.
    Sincerely, Fran McTaggart and Susan Peacock (nee Baptie)

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  8. barbara kwasny :

    I admired Irene so much and enjoyed our bridge and phone visits over the years. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. I’m sorry I can’t be with you all at her funeral for a final good bye.
    Sincere sympathy,
    Barbara Kwasny

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  9. Nelda & Malcolm Sharp :

    Although we did not know Irene and David for as many years as the long-time residents of Cochrane and the surrounding districts, we both had a great respect for both of them. After David passed away, we know that Irene continued to be very gracious and an inspiration to her family and friends. At 95 she certainly had a wonderful life and did so many interesting things, and we are saddened that she is no longer here to remind us. We wish the family the best in overcoming their grief.
    Nelda and Malcolm Sharp

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  10. George and Gail Lauder :

    We want to give our condolences from us all…..
    Irene had such a great life an will leave you all with so many memories.
    It is so sad to let them go….. nothing prepares us for that….. as ever
    George, Gail Paige, Jeremy Family and Gregg, Anetta and Family.

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  11. Kaye & Alex Cummings :

    Alex and I were so sorry to hear of your dear Mom’s passing. She had a most interesting life history and we enjoyed her genuine friendship over the years. Irene and crossed trails many times at the hair lounges, always a happy smile for everyone….She’ll truly be sorely missed.

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