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THOMAS, Lillian “Irene”

October 10, 1927 – Calgary, AB
April 13, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Sadly, we say goodbye to a wonderful mom, grandmother, wife, sister, and friend. Irene passed away in the arms of her family after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Irene was born and raised in Calgary, graduated from Western Canada High School, and went on to work for Canada Employment Services in the tax department. She met the love of her life in Banff and married in 1952. They lived in Calgary where they started their family, moved to Edmonton, then Winnipeg, and back to Calgary expanding their family along the way. Irene devoted her life to raising her five children and then returned to work in the library at St Francis High School and retired in 1986.

Irene was an active member of the CWL, Inn From the Cold, St. Vincent DePaul and never missed an opportunity to volunteer her time to helping others in need.

She loved to spend time at her family cabin on Lake Lillian where many fond memories were created, and in later years, spent the winters in Phoenix.

Irene is survived by her loving and devoted husband Clifford; sons, Brett, Craig (Debbie) and Cliff; and her daughters Karen and Lisa (Steve); brother-in-law Don Nicholson; and eight wonderful grandchildren, Jennifer, Theresa, Jeremy, Michael, Sarah, Joshua, Justin, and Devon. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved Yorkshire terrier, Cricket who was steadfast by her side right until the end. She was predeceased by her brother Eric (Betty) and sister Mary.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Blvd. S.W.) on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Father Lacombe Care Centre, 332 – 146th Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB T2X 2A3. The family would like to recognize the wonderful support, compassion, and care given to Irene, her family, and Cricket at Father Lacombe Care Centre.

In living memory of Irene Thomas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Absent in body but present in spirit.

    Our condolences.

    Luigi & Rita

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  2. Kathy Murphy :

    My thoughts are with you all at this time. I know she is in a beautiful, happy place watching over all of us now.

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  3. Alannah Sinclaire & DeVal Tanner :

    Our condolences for your loss. God bless you all and keep you strong during these difficult times. Our prayers are with you.

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  4. frances ekvall :

    My sincere sympathies and prayers to Cliff and all the family.
    You have one more angel so remember to talk to her.
    We loved you Irene
    Frances

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  5. Neil and Kathy Musgreave :

    We are so very sorry to hear about Aunt Irene. We hope all your wonderful memories will help you through this time of sorrow. Aunt Irene was always so welcoming and kind and we will always remember her warmth and hospitality.

    Ours thoughts are with you,

    Love Neil & Kathy

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  6. Morris and Isabelle McClement :

    Cliff and family,
    Our sincerest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful wife, mother grandmother and friend. We really missed Cliff and Irene when they moved to Calgary as after being neighbours for nineteen years, we considered them family. Irene was a caring, gentle person and a fantastic cook. My favourite cake she made was a hazelnut cake , which I could never duplicate. We considered ourselves fortunate to have had Irene as a loyal friend and we will miss her. Our prayers are with Irene’s family at this very sad time.

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  7. Peter & Jean Saunders :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time.

    Peter & Jean Saunders

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  8. Lorraine Card :

    Karen, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Your memories of all the good times will help you get through this difficult time.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lorraine

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  9. Dear Lisa & Steven & family – Our most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom. May God bless her in her journey and may God bless all your family. Now you have an angel in heaven watching over you all. With love from Lucy Cerato & family XXXOOO

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  10. Myrna Deagnon :

    Cliff and family: Memories of the wonderful times shared in your family with Irene will help ease the sorrow you are feeling. Cliff, you devoted your time and energy to Irene with LOVE. I only knew Irene for a short period of her life. She was always happy to be out walking with you and Cricket, I will always remember her beautiful smile
    God bless you and your family
    Myrna

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  11. Anita Kipta (nee Hauberg) :

    Lisa, I was saddened to discover that your mother has been called to heaven. May she rest in peace now after her long struggle. Our condolences to you and the family during this time of sadness. May all your memories of the special times you had with her help you through this difficult time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Anita, Len & Raelene Kipta

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  12. Nicholle Llewellyn (aka Donnelly) :

    Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerest regards, Nicholle

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