February 10, 1926 – January 18, 2019
Irene Dell Barker peacefully passed away on January 18 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital with her loving family by her side, just 3 weeks before her 93rd birthday.
Irene was born on a farm in the Bavelaw District near Spy Hill in eastern Saskatchewan, on February 10, 1926. Following school she moved into town and on June 17, 1947, married Jack Barker who had attended the same country school and had just returned home from serving in the RCAF overseas. In 1971 Jack and Irene moved to the Shuswap area with 5 of their 7 children. Together they raised their family and as well were business partners, first in Spy Hill and later in Blind Bay. Together they built the community of Shuswap Lake Estates.
Irene is predeceased by an infant daughter Gail Louise, October 10 – December 4, 1949, her parents Alice (Nellie) and George Firth, her brother Doug and her sister Phyllis.
She will be forever remembered by her husband Jack of over 71 years; her son Terry (Lois), her 6 daughters Linda (Harvey Filson), Darlene (John Guilbeault), Debbie (Erik Hansen), Brenda, Wendy (Burke Lipsett), Pat (Mark Kulak), 20 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. She leaves behind an amazing legacy of 55 descendants.
Mom was loved by all who knew her. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lived a full life, traveling around the world with Jack. She loved to golf here at home and at their home in Sun Lakes, Arizona in the winter. Jack and Irene hosted 29 Shuswap Lake Estates Golf tournaments in Sun Lakes. Mom was a great host, for family, friends and the community. Mom was always game to try new things. She loved to dance, knit, play bridge and later in life Mexican train.
The family would like to thank Dr. Plessis for her compassion and care during Mom’s struggle with dementia.