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Obituary: Louise "Irene" Bessey (March 30, 1926 - January 7, 2021)


We are saddened to announce that we lost our beloved mother Irene Bessey (nee Maier) on January 7th, 2021. She died from complications of Covid19.

Mom was a farm girl and worked hard all of her life. She raised chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. She milked cows and kept a large garden, from which she produced enough fruits, vegetables, jams and jellies to last the whole winter. At the same time she helped Dad in the fields when needed.

Mom did all this, plus baking bread, and cooking fabulous meals, in a tiny farm house with no running water and no electricity until the new house was built in 1967.

Mom knit sweaters, hats, mitts, and scarves. She sewed a lot of our clothes and made square dancing dresses for Alison. She became heavily involved with 4H during the years that Alison was part of the club. Mom was also an active member of the United Church.

Irene was born in Davidson, Sask., and moved to Fort St. John after the war to marry Milton Bessey. They raised two daughters, Corinne and Alison, on the farm near Baldonnel.

In 1980 Irene moved to Penticton, where she lived until she went to McKinney Place care home in Oliver in 2020. Irene loved her time at McKinney, and all the friends she made there.

Mom was the much beloved "Nana" of her granddaughter, Amanda. They had a very special bond, and Amanda visited Mom at least once a week right until the end. Their sleepovers were their version of “girl’s night out”.

Irene is survived by daughters Corinne Lamb (Kevin) and Alison Evin (Gord), granddaughter Amanda Lamb, and sisters May and Mary.

She was pre-deceased by her sister Norma, and parents Joseph and Helen Maier.

We invite friends and family of Irene to join us at the Woodlawn Cemetery columbarium on July 19, 2022, at 12:30pm for interment. A luncheon in Mom’s memory will follow at the Legion (10103 105 Ave, Fort St John) from 2 - 5pm.

Mom’s passing has left a big hole in the fabric of our family. She is, and will be, missed forever.