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Born: Sep 04, 1939

Date of Passing: May 15, 2021

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Irene Dona McCormick was born in Minnedosa, MB, on September 4, 1939 to Roy Wilfred and Edith May de Jersey (nee Pittman). Their family included Mum's older sisters, Ivy (Lloyd Carter) and Yvonne (predeceased, Ernie Ullberg).
Grandma and Grandpa raised their family in Erickson and Onanole, MB where Mum developed friendships she valued and maintained throughout her life. At 19, Mum moved to Winnipeg to begin a career in office administration, and sometime soon after she met James McCormick, whom she married in 1960. Together they had two children, a son Darren (Nicki Wilberforce) and daughter Colleen (Penner), whom they supported together throughout their lives.
Family was priority number one for Mum. She loved spending time with and hearing news about her grandchildren: Brittany (Josh Eason) and Alicia Penner, Wyeth and Niav McCormick, and Maggie Wilberforce. Becoming a great-grandmother and spending time with Tage (Eason) brought Mum much joy. Mum was keenly interested in her roots and she enjoyed researching her family's history, contacting long lost relatives, and keeping up with news of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mum and Dad shared strong values for hard work and their community, and they both enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and travel. After retiring to a hobby farm near Gunton, MB they spent summers in their large vegetable gardens and shared the bounty of their labour with food shelters in Winnipeg. When spring melting brought threats of flooding to Winnipeg, Mum and Dad pitched in to help within their abilities by transporting sandbags in their pickup truck. Mum enjoyed baking and preserving the produce and berries she and Dad picked. Together they travelled through much of North America, and they were able to visit Europe with Uncle Ernie and Aunt Yvonne, a trip they enjoyed immensely and about which she loved to reminisce. The most recent trip Mum took was to Italy in Fall 2019, accompanied by her daughter and best friend, Colleen.
When Mum and Dad found the farm too much to look after they moved to Stonewall, MB, where Mum discovered many ways to integrate herself in the community. Mum attended Stonewall United Church and was a member of the Worship Committee. She made blankets to support Project Linus and spent time with day program clients at the Arris Centre. Mum was a member of the local 55 Plus Centre and Red Hats group, and she enjoyed bowling, stick curling, and line dancing. She shared many laughs, meals, and a few glasses of wine with the friends she made through her escapades in Stonewall, whom she loved dearly.
Mum passed away early in the morning on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
Following Mum's wishes, there will be no funeral.
In lieu of flowers, feel welcome to give a donation to the charity of your choice.
For the support provided to Mum, Colleen and I thank: Reverend Tammy Bleue, Stonewall Seniors' Resource Centre, South West District Palliative Care staff, CancerCare Manitoba, Stonewall Hospital staff and Dr. Kerr Graham, our Mum's many friends, and finally Kirsty and Dan Morrison.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 22, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to Colleen and Darren, your Mom....and your Dad were amazing people and I'm so sorry for your loss. Cherish the wonderful memories you have. I have some too ❤️ Such a loss. Hugs from a long ago friend. - Posted by: Karla Elcock (Weiss) (Friend) on: Jun 16, 2021

  • My brothers and I, met Jimmy and Irene, Darren and Colleen when we camping in St. Malo. Jimmy was a cousin of Alex Tait and his wife Gladys, and Gladys use to work with my mother "Tiny" at Swift Packers. My deepest sympathies to Darren and Colleen on the loss of your mother. I will let Henri and Louis know of your Mom's passing. May your mother RIP along with Jimmy, Alex and Gladys and my parents Andy and Bea "Tiny". - Posted by: Richard Girouard (Long time friend of the family.) on: May 25, 2021

  • Colleen, on behalf of staff and management of 17 Wing we are saddened to hear about your Mom's passing. - Posted by: 17 Wing Food Services (Workplace ) on: May 25, 2021

  • Dear Colleen and family, Sending prayers and comforting hugs, on the passing of Irene, Mom, was a spunky, classy lady that lived life, and nothing stopped her. Comforting that she has reunited with dad. Jan (taxlady) - Posted by: JAN & HARVE ROCHELLE (FRIEND/TAXLADY) on: May 25, 2021

  • Oh how I remember auntie Irene with such fondness and live. I’ll always remember how she took the time to spend time with me and her smile was priceless. Living on the farm in its solitude it was so nice when auntie Irene uncle Jim Colleen and Darren would come out for visits it was the very very best times of my younger life. Auntie Irene will always have that special place in my heart. Missing you auntie Irene but say hi to all the family you are now with. Bye for now auntie Irene ❤️❤️ - Posted by: Jeannie Favel (Great niece ) on: May 22, 2021

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