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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 www.gleneden-mb.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 13, 2012
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