Irene Effie (Small) Brewster passed away on December 17, 2009. Irene was predeceased by her first husband Bill Small, her brother Bill and her sisters Gladys and Violet. Irene is greatly missed by her husband Harry and by her daughters Susan (Rick) and Debbie; her grandchildren Rick (Petrina), Bill (Carleen), Lindy and Stacie, her great-grandchildren Josh, Grayson, Layne, Dean, Levi and Colt; her step-daughters Linda and Cheryl; her step-grandchildren Jennifer (Michael), Jillian, Courtney and Danielle; step-great grandchild Ella and niece Pamela (Lorne) Bratt and other nieces and nephews in the Port Alberni area.
Irene came to Canada as a war bride in the late 1940’s and lived in several communities before settling in Port Coquitlam where she raised her daughters. Irene was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her family and working in the local fabric store. Irene spent many happy hours volunteering her time as Brown Owl for the Brownies organization.
Irene became involved with the Ladies Auxiliary for the Port Coquitlam Legion and served in many diverse roles over the years including Ladies Auxiliary President. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Harry, while volunteering through the Ladies Auxiliary at George Derby Hospital. Harry and Irene hit it off right away and in a very short time decided to pull up stakes and move to Chase, B.C.
Irene and Harry both joined the Chase Legion and in no time were both busy holding many positions, sometimes simultaneously. Irene with the Ladies Auxiliary, held numerous all the way up to Zone Commander for the Nicola/Thompsaon region. Irene and Harry had campaigned for their respective positions as Zone Commander with the slogan “two for the price of one.” Irene and Harry had some wonderful happy years in Chase and met many wonderful people during their time there.
After 20 years in Chase, Irene and Harry decided to make one more move to be close to Irene’s daughters and their families and they made the move to Quesnel, B.C.
Irene was all about family and friends. The best memories of Irene are those involving laughter and we will hold those memories close to our hearts.
There will be a Celebration of Irene’s life on Saturday, September 25 at the Chase Legion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.