CALDWELL, Mary Irene (nee Carson)
October 8, 1916 - November 6, 2012
Irene was born in Manitoba, the youngest daughter of Isabel and William Carson, and moved to Vancouver/Richmond in 1921. She excelled in school, graduating from High School at age 15, at the beginning of the Depression. Irene met William Caldwell at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church. They married in 1943 and built a house on Trafalgar Street that was soon filled with three sons. With a fourth child expected, they moved to Carnarvon Street in Kerrisdale where Irene lived in until she died. Irene was an active participant and a faithful member at Kerrisdale Church. The Young Wives group/Helen McGill Circle, Mission Band/Children of the Church, Junior Choir, Sunday School, Church nursery, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and CGIT all benefited from her leadership and support. She was a member of the BC Women's Hospital auxiliary and assisted with a program for challenged adults at Douglas Park Community Centre. After Will retired from the Celtic Shipyard in 1975 they took many road trips until Will's heart attack in1978. After he died in 1979 Irene went on to enjoy subsequent trips to the Yukon, Hawaii, Ireland, Scotland and England with her children and friends, notably to China in 1993 with her dear friend, Marjorie. Visits with her family in Calgary, Smithers, Penticton and Haida Gwai were highlights in Irene's life. In 2003 she suffered a stroke. Throughout the next nine years, as her independence diminished, her spirit remained positive and accepting of what had to be, a reflection of how she had lived her whole life. Her faith in God, her love for her family and church were the pillars of her life. She was patient, kind, generous, serving, caring, forgiving, loving, well read and adventurous. Irene was predeceased by her husband Will, son John, grandson Michael, sisters Marie, Elva, Maisie, Helen, niece Diane Ailles and nephew Arne Giske. We, her children and spouses: Dave and Cathy, Robert, Sharon and Lorne, her granddaughters, their spouses and children: Valerie and David (Carson, Robyn), Tara and Christopher (Graeme, Lily, Riley), Kimberley and Steven (Spencer, Griffin) will always remember her with love. She was a giver to all, in all areas of her life. A Memorial Service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, 2733 W. 41st Ave, Vancouver. If desired a donation may be made to the Memorial Fund at the same address.