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Born: Nov 03, 1917

Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2012

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IRENE MARGUERITE SPOONER (nee HUNTER) Peacefully, with her family by her side, our beloved Mom passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012. Irene was born on November 3, 1917 to George and Mary Hunter (nee LeMoine) and lived on Magnus Avenue in the North End. The family moved to Helmsdale Avenue in East Kildonan when Irene was seven. As a young woman, she spent her summers at Boundary Park. Upon graduating from school, Irene worked for the Grain Exchange. She married Sam, the love of her life, on June 14, 1941 and they were together until Sam's death on October 30, 1989. They moved to East St. Paul in 1952 where they raised their seven children and were also foster parents. Irene was very active in the community, whether as a cub scout leader, organizing the local carnival or keeping the ice shack warm for neighbourhood children. She was elected as a school trustee for the River East School Division. Irene's lifelong dedication to the labour movement and the New Democratic Party included campaigning, managing and fundraising. As part of Irene's commitment to social well-being she sat on the Manitoba Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Manitoba Dental Board and the Film Classification Board. Irene also volunteered at Mount Carmel Clinic and as a literacy partner with students at St. John's High School. A voracious reader who loved history, English literature, movies, travelling, baseball, #4 at the horse races, bird watching and most of all, dogs, Irene also loved to sing and recite poetry and could always be heard singing as she worked on a project. Some of her happiest times were spent with her family on the farm at Wampum. Irene was predeceased by her brother Lou Hunter in 1992. She is survived by her children, Terry (Irene), Georgine, Judith, Robbie (Wanda), Frances (René), Richard (Brenda), Ed (Signe) and her beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth, Tanya, Joey, Rob, Michel, Hailey, Katie, Shay and Elliott along with her great-grandchildren Eric, Payge, Cohle, Charlotte and Ethan. Rene, as she was known, is also survived by many wonderful relatives and friends around the world with whom she kept in contact with her beautiful letter writing. She touched a lot of people in her lifetime and will be greatly missed. A very special thanks to all the staff at The Convalescent Home for the excellent, loving and thoughtful care they provided to our Mom over the past five years. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, 276 Hugo St., Winnipeg, MB R3M 2N6 would be most appreciated. Her service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main St., West St. Paul. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2012

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Janet used to babysit for Rene and Sam, I used to work for Sam, we started to visit the family as far back as 1952, the very first friends Janet led me to. We visited for meals and snacks. Rene's scones recipe is still my favourite. A talented pair, so comfortable in our lives. We miss Rene and Sam - Posted by: Janet and Bill Dubas (very old acquaintances) on: May 04, 2012

  • My sincere condolences to the whole family and especially Georgine and Robbie. I remember meeting your Mom many times and always wishing she was my Mom....that's how sweet and kind and funny she always was.....a wonderful, great lady. - Posted by: Rita Savoie (Friend of Georgine and Robbie) on: Mar 21, 2012

  • My heartfelt condolences to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irene. I was fortunate to meet with Irene once twelve years ago. Such a lovely, kind and remarkable woman. - Posted by: Rachel Burden () on: Mar 17, 2012

  • First, I express my deepest condolences to my dear friend Georgine, and all the Spooner family. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I had the pleasure of knowing Irene and the family going back to the late sixties. Needless to say, there were countless opportunities to enjoy many meals and great moments with Irene, Sam and the clan. I cherish the wonderful times we had together to this day. Irene was a loving, dedicated, generous woman and I will forever remember her beautiful smile and her great sense of humour. Today, I'm having a beer in your memory as you did enjoy having one or two from time to time. You will be missed but never forgotten­. - Posted by: Lise Goulet (Friend of the family) on: Mar 15, 2012

  • Although we did not know Irene well, the times we met her were memorable. Her humour and spirit were truly infectious not to mention her intellect. My late husband Jan found her enchanting! My thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Nadya Kamienski (acquaintance) on: Mar 15, 2012

  • Hi Georgine. Garvin and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family over the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady. - Posted by: Maureen Carruthers (family friend) on: Mar 14, 2012

  • I remember meeting Irene and Sam several times when I was a very young girl. I remember them both being so kind and wonderful. My grandparents loved them dearly and had a friendship for many years. My condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Kim Turcotte (friends with grandparents Clifford/Emily Gray) on: Mar 14, 2012

  • We just wanted to offer our deepest condolences to both Rene & Frances, and to the rest of the family members. We heard many stories over the years from my father and his spouse who remained friends over the years. Our best to you both. - Posted by: John and Annette West (friends of the family) on: Mar 13, 2012

  • Irene was a remarkable person whose generosity of spirit and unbridled optimism touched all who had the priviledge of knowing her. My thoughts are with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Ruth Burden - Posted by: Ruth Burden () on: Mar 13, 2012

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family Georgine. - Posted by: Debby Jablonski (Former colleague of Irene's daughter Georgine) on: Mar 13, 2012

  • My deepest condolence to the Spooner family. It was my good fortune to have visited your Mom at the home on the last time I was there. Georgine and Lisa and me we all went down to the corner pub for a beer and had a marvellous time reminiscing of stories of my parents and Dunrobin Ave. and the move she and Sam made to East St. Paul and visits I made out there as a yongster. We sure had some great laughs. What a memory. Her stories those twinkling eyes and happy smile always made you feel welcome and at home. She will be sadly missed and always remembered. - Posted by: Jill Olinyk ( Alexander) (friend of the family) on: Mar 13, 2012

  • I do not know if you will remember me, but I am Elmer & Elma Knox's daughter and have fond memories of time spent with your family. My sincere condolences to your family. Irene was such a 'neat lady' as we would say now. Valerie - Posted by: Val Kemp (nee Knox) (Very old family friend) on: Mar 13, 2012

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