February 2, 1930 – January 10, 2021
The family of Irene Wilson is sad to announce that she passed away peacefully at Bethany Care Centre, Calgary, Alberta, in her 91st year, after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family. Irene was the beloved wife of Rev. Franklin Wilson who predeceased her by 10 years. Irene and Frank had a long and happy marriage of 60 years and were the parents of eight children who all survive her: Diane (Ron Reeder), Doris (David Scorgie), Les (Janine), Faye (Rick Hausauer – deceased), Janice (Rick Hook), Frank (Debbie), Wayne (Zhu Yi) (Susan Leader - deceased), Gary (Julia). Irene was a wonderful, fun-loving grandmother and great-grandmother, adored by her devoted grandchildren (24) and great-grandchildren (17). Irene was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings. She will be greatly missed by her family, her nieces and nephews and other relatives, as well as her many, many friends. We were happy that she was able to celebrate her 90th birthday last February with friends and family, enjoying (as always) a good party!
Irene was born on February 2, 1930 to George Frederick Lee Ewing and Jessie Lee Ewing (nee Skelton) at Drumheller, Alberta. She was the first child in her parents’ family of nine to be born in a hospital. Irene loved being the youngest in a large family and was very close to all her siblings and their children all her life. Irene married at 19 and thoroughly enjoyed her role as the strong matriarch of the family, guiding the children in education, sports, music and major life decisions, all the while producing 3 square meals every day, growing most of the family’s vegetables in her own back yard until a few years ago. She was resourceful, having skills many would hardly recognize today, sewing, knitting, baking bread, upholstering her own furniture (with help from Frank, of course). She made hard work seem like fun! When 5 of the 8 kids were taking music lessons, she used to take along a novel to read while waiting, it was her “free time”. Irene was a committed Christian, wife of a missionary/minister and was consistently involved in church activities and the community at Bethel Baptist Church, where she was a member for more than 50 years. Other interests included taking painting courses and holidaying in parks across Alberta and BC for many, many years; she and Frank enjoyed traveling to England and Wales, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Europe and even, once, to Africa, after the children were grown.
We will miss her and her bright spark that enlivened us and kept us close. She and Frank shared a deep faith and love of God. In her last days, she longed to be with her husband and now they are together again.
A private family interment will take place immediately to be followed by a Celebration of Life at a later date, once restrictions have been relaxed. If desired, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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January 18, 2021
Irene and I had many good times together
One memory I would like to share is when we drove down to Arizona. It was in the fall so to avoid passes with snow we took the route through Las Vegas. Irene had never been there and it was about 10:00am so I drove down the strip, I don't think she even looked out the window she just wanted to get out of there. We arrived in Mesa that evening and Irene wanted to call home to see if Fay had had her baby, which she did. We had to use a Pay Phone in the Park as our phone was not hooked up yet. It took all the coin that we both had and when she finished the call the telephone started to spit out all the coin we had put in I told her it was like Las Vegas. We had many laughs about this.
January 17, 2021
Dear Doris & David, Michael & Thea
I am so sorry for your loss and and am sending you much love and prayers at this time. May the many wonderful memories you have of your dear mother and grandmother always be a source of comfort and peace.
Lucille and Henry Kroeker
January 15, 2021
To the Wilson Family,
We are so sorry to learn of Irene’s passing! She was a lovely person and a good friend. We always enjoyed her company and her delightful personality!
We extend our love and sincere sympathies to the whole family.
Lucille and Henry Kroeker
January 14, 2021
Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I have many fond memories of Auntie Irene. She always reminded me that it was my fault that my mother couldn't come to her wedding...Mom was pregnant with me and didn't want another baby to come early in Calgary...
May your memories forever bring you peace.
January 14, 2021
We wish we could take away the hurt and answer the questions in your hearts.
We wish we could help you find peace and bring you all comfort.
But most of all we wish we had more than just these simple words to let you all know how truly sorry we are.
Even if we cannot be with you at this time know that we understand your sorrow and know that God will wrap his arms around you and help you all through this time of grief.
Please know your Mother will be missed.
God bless you all.
Love, the Boudreau Family,
Glenys (Billy), Julie (Nick), Mary Lee, Charlene, Bradford (Sue)
January 14, 2021
I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs.Wilson through my friendship with her daughter Faye. I will always remember Mrs.Wilson for her warm smile and kind eyes. My sincere condolences to her family.
January 13, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Wilson family as you grieve your beloved mother and grandmother's passing. Irene and Frank were very loyal, devout, and sincere worshipers of our Lord.
May you be comforted by this truth: "Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body" (Philippians 3:20,21). The peace and comfort of God be with you all.
Rev. Maury McNeil