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MORRISON, Irene (nee Kennedy)

August 9, 1928 – August 22, 2013

Irene Morrison, a former resident in Fort Saskatchewan, retiree to Mill Bay, BC and in recent years a resident of Calgary, died in the wee hours of Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the age of 85 years.

Irene was raised in Lisburn Northern Ireland alongside her brother Norman. Enterprising even as a teen, she worked with a veterinary practice exercising spirited horses and handling boarded dogs. Therein grew a life long love for animals and she ensured many were provided an excellent life within her home (Paddy, Boots, Sheila, Bounders, Zorba, Riley, Braveheart to name a few).

Irene met her life love Bert at the age of 16 marrying him just 8 days shy of her 19th birthday. Irene and Bert were in love right up to Bert’s death in August 2010. Even in their late late years they would dance together to a favourite album, after the guests had departed or just because the evening called for it. Irene was truly the source of the twinkle in Bert’s blue eyes.

They lived their early married years near Belfast but took a plunge; moving to Canada in 1953. Arriving by sea to Montreal they eventually migrated west to Alberta where they did a short hiatus in Edmonton before settling in Fort Saskatchewan. Irene was always a strong woman of enterprise, confidence and independence. Well read, intellectual and organized, she worked full time at Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd., rising to the position of executive secretary; work she loved and excelled at. Irene was ahead of her time in many ways. Her financial acumen paved the way for her and Bert’s comfortable retirement to Vancouver Island in the mid 1980’s.

On the home front, Irene was a consummate entertainer, hosting lavish dinner parties, barbeques, bridge groups, open houses, birthdays and other special events. Her cooking abilities were fabulous, only exceeded by her ability to ensure her guests had a great time. She garnered many cherished friendships throughout her life.

In retirement bliss, Irene and Bert spent over 25 years on the Island, where they nurtured a beautiful home and garden and carried on their very social lives with new and old friends. When age and energy began making its mark they moved back to Alberta to be closer to family.

Irene was a passionate mom who loved her two children without bounds. She invested her heart and soul in ensuring they both had a loving home and every opportunity to succeed. It was her great joy to see both flourish through University and into successful careers. She was steadfast in remaining their greatest fans.

Irene spent her final few years in Calgary close to Catherine and her husband Rick. Like Bert, Irene was clear in her belief that the end is the end and at her request there was a simple cremation with no service. In defiance of her wish that there be no obituary, her children share this notice to ensure those who loved, worked and/or were friends with Irene know that her journey has ended. Take a moment to recall a happy memory of Irene and know that she made and lived a good life. Condolences may be forwarded through She will be missed and cherished in the hearts of Matt and Catherine and their families.

In living memory of Irene Morrison, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB. Telephone: 1(800) 661-1599.

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  1. Brenda & Glenn Dreissigacker :

    Cathy – what a beautiful obituary, a loving tribute to your Mom. We know she is in a better place with your Dad, and our hearts go out to you and yours.
    Love Brenda and Glenn

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  2. Cathy and Matt,

    Thanks for making the decision to share this lovely remembrance with family and friends. We hope that the wonderful memories of your mother will bring you comfort in the moments when you think of her and miss her. Our thoughts are with you and your families at this very sad time.

    love from Pat and Rowan

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  3. Lynn & Ileana from All About Seniors :

    Dear Catherine, such a lovely tribute to an amazing lady. She touched so many lives – furry ones too! It was our privilege to care for her and share a small part of your lives. You and your family are in our prayers. Warm regards, Lynn & Ileana

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  4. My friend, Catherine
    I wished I had met your Mom as I would have enjoyed seeing all the positive attributes she passed to you. She’ll be with you in some special place forever.
    Sincerest warmth, Ruth

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  5. Thanks for that wonderful write up, we were neighbors for years, had some wonderful times, lots of laughs , she really was a great friend , and what a hostess. She and Bert were so much fun, I can still see them dancing away,and of course our yearly foray to the Klondyke Days was a real adventure.
    Keep in touch, Love,

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  6. Joan Pollard Prochnau :

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear mother. May your memories bring you comfort in the days to come.

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  7. Thinking of you Cathy at this time of loss. Thank you for sharing these bits of your Mom’s life as I’d only met her a couple of times and didn’t really know her. Take good care of yourself and your 2 and 4 legged family!
    love, Pam

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