Doris Irene Barnett (nee Richards) passed away peacefully in her sleep with her family nearby on January 20, 2014 at Cascade Lodge in Chilliwack at 95 years of age. She was born in Nuneaton, Warkwickshire, England on July 7, 1918. Irene contributed to the war effort in England working in factories during World War II. She married a Canadian soldier, Ernie, in September 1941. She sailed to Canada as a war bride in 1945 and settled in Tisdale, SK. She would often tell her children what a culture shock this had been. Irene and her husband soon moved to Saskatoon where they began their family. After the birth of her first son, Irene went back to England for a little over two years before returning to Saskatoon, where her second son was born. Shortly after, they moved to Exeter, Ontario where they added a daughter to their growing family. In 1956, the family moved west to Williams Lake, BC where they completed their family with another daughter and one more son. Irene and Ernie separated in 1966 leaving Irene to raise their children alone. In 1967, she moved her family to Bodmin, SK where they lived before moving to Debden, SK. Although Irene loved this area of the province for it’s simple beauty, the long cold winters soon lost their charm and Irene moved back to BC in 1970 with her children, this time to Chilliwack. Irene loved the beautiful scenery, warm weather and variety of flowers in Chilliwack. She spent many hours walking and enjoying the many parks and gardens in the area with her family. Irene dedicated her life to raising her children and enjoying her grandchildren. She was happiest when her family was with her. She often regaled them with stories of her happy days in England and the many friends and family there. Although Irene loved her adopted country, she always held a special love for her home back in England. Irene often wrote poetry and stories detailing her life in England and how different her life was for her as a newcomer to Canada. Irene wrote of her life, adventures and impressions of Canada in the English newspaper “The Bedworth Echo”. She also appeared frequently on the local Chilliwack cable TV channel reading her poetry. Irene was predeceased by her son Robert, and granddaughter Haley. She is survived by four children: Rick, Susan (Tom Wallace), Sherry (Rob Moseanko), and Roger; four grandchildren: Sheri Mae (Tim Benjamin), Jennifer (Jared Skillings), Lolea Moseanko (Garret Nicol) and Kris Moseanko (Heather); seven great-grandchildren: Lauren, Aiden, and Evan Benjamin; Payton and Olliver Skillings; Eli and Lena Moseanko.

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