Irene Elizabeth Layland
27 mayo , 1933 – 9 junio , 2020
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Irene Layland, of Kamloops BC, on June 9, 2020 at the age of 87 with family by her side.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Patricia (Thomas) Weckworth and Maureen (Donald) McKenzie, granddaughters Samantha (Adam) Fournier, Gillian Weckworth and Megyn McKenzie, her sister Emily Janik and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents John and Emilia Mikulasik, her brothers Anthony, John, and Stephen, her brother-in-law Peter Janik and sister-in-law Peggy Mikulasik.
Mom was born in Kamloops on May 27, 1933 and was raised on the family Homestead at Anderson Creek, near Knutsford. Her mother and brothers had to work hard to “keep us going” after the death of their father when she was 6. She attended Anderson Creek School with her sister Emily and often rode their horse Old Barney which was a special memory for both. The family moved to 12th Street in North Kamloops in 1945 where they owned and operated an apple orchard. As children, we along with our cousins enjoyed the fruits of their labour.
After high school in 1950, Mom began working at the Bank of Nova Scotia and later at the Bank of Montreal until her retirement. She was a hardworking single mother who always put the needs of her family first. After retirement Mom enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and caring for her family, especially spoiling her beloved granddaughters.
Mom’s home will always be remembered for the smell of her delicious cooking, hospitality, love of music and dancing, laughter and especially her warm embraces.
Mom was a devoted Catholic and member of O.L.P.H. Parish where she faithfully served in many capacities. In her own words she says “Patience and perseverance are the way I had to go through my life, which at times were pretty tough and poor. I never forgot that my Faith in God helped me through many difficulties”.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Wynne, the amazing staff and volunteers at the Brocklehurst Gemstone for your kind and gentle care of Mom and to Fr. Paul Simms, Monsignor Jerry Desmond, and Fr. Vijay Martin for visiting with Mom when she was no longer able to attend Mass.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Jerry Desmond and Fr. Vijay Martin on June 22, 2020 at O.L.P.H. Church with Inurnment at Hillside Cemetery.
“Heaven gained the most perfect Angel”.
Thank you Mom for teaching us love, strength, Faith and humility. Mom was such a kind and gentle person, with a contagious smile which will be missed by many. Forever in our hearts, Auntie Irene, Mom and Grammie.
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Irene Elizabeth Layland
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julio 23, 2020
My condolences go out to all of you. I just learned of Irene’s passing today.
I am so grateful for the time that I got to spend with your Mom playing cards at Gemstone. That was the thing that she liked to do with me. I’d ask her if she wanted to play... and she would give me a big “sure”!
She would get the biggest grin on her face when she beat me! And as soon as she’d won, she would request “just one more” game! I think so she could beat me again!
We would have fun playing with me trying to guess what she was saying and her big smile when I finally got it right. We would always end our weekly visit with her giving me a lovely hand massage while we held hands.
While I wasn’t able to visit her with the pandemic, I am glad that we had a chance to FaceTime so that we could see one another. I see now that it was our goodbye.
I could see how much all of you loved her. From your frequent flowers for her, to the pics she had up, to meeting you there cleaning her room, to the little new gifts I would see her with, to seeing you in your visits with her. How wonderful that she had so much love from her family! I could sense her pride and love for all of you.
I feel privileged to have had her as my adopted grandparent for our weekly visits. Her calm and caring nature shone through, as did her love for her family!
Thank you for the time with your Mom. I will miss her also.
junio 22, 2020
Maureen and Patty Me and Mum are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our Prayers. Your mum was a really kind Lady. I always loved being at your home. Just know we are thinking about you.
Nadia & Tony Baliva
junio 12, 2020
Dear Maureen, Don, & Megyn,
So deeply saddened by the recent news of your mother's passing. She was such a caring and beautiful person. I will always remember her with many fond memories. She will always hold a special place in my heart.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this sad time.
With our deepest sympathy and caring,
Tony, Nadia, & family