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VERNER, Irma (nee McKinnon)

February 15, 1930 – Drake, Saskatchewan
July 31, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

In the arms of her loving husband and son, Irma Verner (nee McKinnon) passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, July 31 2019.

Born in Drake, SK, she spent most of her young life in Prince Rupert, BC, where she worked in a fish factory during the latter part of WWII. Irma was known to include notes of encouragement in cans of fish destined for the war effort overseas. Irma and Rich would pass each other on the streets in Calgary on their way to work, but their true love story began after they met at the dance hall in Banff. On August 10, 1957, they married in Regina and lived for a short time in Saskatoon, but called Calgary their home. Irma was an avid downhill skier and loved Mt. Norquay. She was an active volunteer with COP for twenty-three years, the 1988 Winter Olympics, Foothills Medical Centre (Reader Retreat), and helped out with the John Howard Society. Irma loved her cabin in Windermere, BC, the farm near Bottrel, AB, and the pathway near Edworthy Park in Calgary. Irma was a fighter. She continued to be health conscious and active in outdoor activities despite having had cancer and heart and stroke complications. Most importantly, Irma was a loving, caring and compassionate person.

Irma is survived by her husband Rich; her three children and their spouses, Brent and Tracey Verner, Jacki and Dennis Zbirun, and Robbie and Ken Howell; grandchildren, Graydon and Grace Verner, Christy and Daniel Kooman, Taylor Zbirun and fiancée Celeste Aviles, and Kayla, Karlee and Talaini Howell; great-granddaughter Rosie Kooman; sisters, Peggy Kane, Inez Parsons, and Ethelene Gareau; and her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved and touched deeply. Irma was predeceased by her brother Donald McKinnon; stepbrothers, Ian, Andy, and Hector MacDonald; grandson Matthew Howell; and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law.

As per Irma’s request, there will be no funeral. A “Social” will be held at a later date where we can celebrate Irma’s wonderful life.

For those wishing to make a donation in Irma’s memory, donations can be made directly to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

A special thanks to the caring staff at the Foothills Medical Centre Unit 81, under the care of Drs. Bosch and Bond and team.

In living memory of Irma Verner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about Irma’s passing. Brent, Tracey, Gradon & Grace, my sincerest condolences. Brent, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  2. Peter and Pat Minnema

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences from Pat and I. Our thought are with you and your family.

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  3. I will always remember Aunt Irma and her beautiful smile.
    Our family has so many great memories from camping together in the summer to visits to the farm in Alberta, also the Verner family visiting our family in B.C. I remember the time we met up in Disneyland and all the fun we had. I remember going horse back riding near Windermere and Aunt Irma was chuckling about Jeff’s horse “King” who just wanted to eat. Aunt Irma was always a very positive person and always conscientious of her health and everyone else’s. We all miss her but our memories will last a lifetime.
    Love you to the moon and back!
    Brenda, Inez and family

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  4. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Verner, Graydon and Grace,
    I was very sorry to read of your mom and grandma’s passing in the paper today. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time.
    -Sandy Jaeger and the Westbrook School staff

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  5. Dear Rich, Brent,Tracey and families,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Irma’s passing.
    Our friendships go back a long, long way, with many pleasant memories
    of the Home Oil days , and the later retirement lives at our cabins at Windermere.
    We offer our sincere condolences , and our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of grieving.
    Carl and Bette Browne.

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  6. The Martinson family.

    We are very sorry for your loss of a very special Lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

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  7. June and Bill Stephen

    Our most sincere condolences to Rich and the family .

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  8. So sorry to hear if your wife’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you,

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  9. The Foster Family

    Saddened to hear of your mother’s passing Brent. We know what a sense of inspiration she was to your whole family, with her energy, positivity, and her sense of family. Thankful you were able to call Irma your mom, and that you were able to be with her in the end . Brian and Lisa

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  10. Rich and family; Sorry to read about Irma’s passing. Barrie and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy. We recall many good memories from years gone by. Blessings ,
    Wilma & Barrie Clark

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