It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Irene Ruby Rose Johnston, on Friday, October 21, 2011, at the age of 91. Mom passed away peacefully in her home at the Cascade Lodge, Chilliwack, with her family at her side.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy Grozier (Kerry); granddaughter Abby Logan; brother, Buzz Graham (Ellen) and many family members and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Earl in 1976 and her two brothers, Les and Earl Graham.
Mom was also blessed with a special gift of friendship. When she was 10 years old she met a girl named Fae Pearson. They formed an unbreakable bond and remained the dearest of friends for over eighty years. Fae left us in December 2009.
Mom was a talented seamstress and an amazing baker. We are really going to miss those strawberry cream pies she would whip up for us. Of all her accomplishments Mom’s greatest achievements have been in the lives of her family and friends.
Mom, nanny, sis, auntie I, Irene was a quiet, sweet lady, devoted to her family and always thinking of everyone before herself. So while we grieve the loss of a wonderful mother, sister, grandma, aunt and friend, we can rejoice in the life that she lived.
Mom’s last days were spent with laughter, dignity and grace. She taught us lessons of courage and spirit. She never complained and never stopped trying to be mom or nanny. She leaves us with a lifetime of precious memories to treasure.
“Though absent, you are very near
Still loved, still missed, and very dear.”
A very special thanks to Dr. Bartel and Dr. Dueck and the loving caring staff at the Cascade Lodge.
A celebration of Irene’s life will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:00pm at the family home on Chartwell Drive, Chilliwack.