Page, Mabel “Irene” – It is with tremendous sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother and grandmother, Irene Page on Friday, May 2nd at the age of 88.
Irene was born December 16, 1925 in Young, Saskatchewan and was raised in Ontario. She then graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1948 from the Ottawa Civic Hospital. She spent some time working in Toronto’s SickKids Hospital, after which, her adventurous spirit brought her to BC in 1951, where she met her future husband, John Page. She worked as a nurse in the Trail Regional Hospital in the Maternity Ward and after having her three sons, she continued with her career at the Medical Associates Clinic, retiring in 1985. Irene survived the biggest battle of her life, beating Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer at the age 56. Since 1983, she was an active volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society. Irene was instrumental in the formation of the Hospice and Palliative Care Program for Trail and District and sat with many people during their time of need. She was also a volunteer for the Trail and District Home Support Board, Choosing Wellness Program and along with her husband John, delivered Meals on Wheels for many years.
Irene enjoyed travelling with her husband John and brother and sister in law, John and Flora Gilbert. Together they visited Europe, Hawaii and New Orleans. She was an avid downhill skier and passed her passion onto her boys. She also enjoyed cross country skiing, hiking and taking long walks in and around Sunningdale.
Irene will live on in the hearts of her loving sons, Scott (Norma) of Rossland, Brian (Betty-Ann) of Victoria and Barry (Sherry) of Trail. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, her pride and joy: Michael, Andrea, Alec, Finn, Ryan and Dylan. As well, she is survived by her brothers John (Flora) and Harold Gilbert and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John, parents David and Elisabeth Gilbert, sister Betty, sisters-in-law, Susan and Isabelle and nephews Sean and Fergus.
Irene was a tremendously loving and caring person who touched many lives with her compassion and respect for all. She was a member of the Trail Seniors Association and the Trail United Church. A Memorial Service will the held on Friday, May 9th at 10:30 am at the Trail United Church, Trail, BC with Reverend Michael Hare officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Jordan Wren of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Irene’s memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at 908 Rossland Avenue, Trail, BC, V1R 3N6.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca.