EDEY, Martha Iris
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June 6, 1916 - February 24, 2013
After a long and fulfilling life, Iris Edey passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24.
Predeceased by her loving husband Harry (2006) and daughters Gwyneth (1959) and Linda (2008), Iris is survived by her daughter Lorna (Wayne) McKenzie of Calgary, sons John (Marie) Edey and David (Wendy) Edey of Edmonton, and honorary family member Jane Kornelsen of Edmonton.
Iris was grandmother extraordinaire to Cathy (Roger) Loor of Red Deer, Emma (Will) Pyne of Calgary, Heather (Luq) Mirza of Calgary, Brian (Meaghan Davis) Edey of Ottawa, Susan Edey of Montreal, Mark (Tracey Robertson) Edey of Edmonton, Ruth (Derek) Haley of Guelph, and Lawrence Edey of Edmonton. She was also honorary grandmother to Nicole Jacobs of Edmonton. Iris delighted in the more recent arrival of five great- grandchildren, Isaac Pyne, Alex Loor, Henry Loor, Iris Pyne and Benjamin Haley. In addition, Iris is survived by one sister-in-law, Adaline Edey of Spirit River, Alberta; nieces and nephews in both Canada and Britain, and many friends.
Born in Treharris, Wales, Iris immigrated to Canada as a war bride in 1946 after marrying her Canadian soldier husband Harry. She lived on the family farm outside of Rycroft, Alberta for fourteen years before moving to Edmonton in 1960. She worked as a public health nurse for the City of Edmonton for 18 years before her retirement in 1978. Iris was an active community and church member throughout her life. She developed many friendships through her involvement with United Church Women groups. During her retirement years, she treasured her volunteer work with the Jubilee Lodge, Canadian Red Cross, SAGE and Blankets for Canada. She and her husband travelled extensively to all continents of the world. Iris spent the last 13 years living at the Churchill Retirement Community in downtown Edmonton, where she continued to make many supportive friends.
A service to celebrate Iris's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at Grace United Church, 6215 - 104 Avenue, Edmonton with a reception to follow in the lower hall.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Grey Nun's Hospital for their phenomenal care. In lieu of other tributes, donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (12010 Jasper Avenue N.W., Edmonton AB T5K 0P3) would be appreciated.
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2013