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Irene Maretta (Plummer) Currie
January 26, 1931 ~ September 19, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Irene Currie on September 17, 2023 at the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home at the age of 92 years.
Irene was born on January 26, 1931 to proud parents Steve & Violet Plummer. She had 4 brothers Stan, William, Harold & Bill who made life interesting for her being the only girl.
She married Arnet Currie on October 13, 1948 and they had 3 children Gwen, Randy & Sherrie. In a tragic accident in 1994, Randy passed away long before his time.
Irene & Arnet spent their preretirement years farming, a life in which was filled with many long days and hard work. In addition to all that Irene contributed to the farm, she also was kept on her toes with the shenanigans of the kids and their friends. Her garden would be raided in search of rotten tomatoes to throw at the hired hand as he drove through the yard with a load of grain. And then in peering out the window she may have seen kids on top of the garage throwing snow balls at those on the ground driving by on snowmobiles, or one of the kids who miscalculated his turn on the motor bike and ended up in the chicken coop with feathers flying everywhere, or maybe it was having to extinguish a fire started in the trough in the chicken coop by some who thought that would be a great way to say warm. And then there was Randy who had his favorite hiding spot in the spruce trees lying in wait for the girls to get off the bus so he could chase them with a mouse or a snake. And then Arnet had to add into the mix when he was on top of the granary waving to her. She thought he was being friendly by waving so she waived back but unbeknownst to her, a cow had walked by knocking the ladder to the ground leaving Arnet trapped on the roof.
In 1983, Irene & Arnet retired, moved into town, and settled into their new home they had built. Irene quickly adopted to town life and became actively involved in curling. She joined both the ladies curling club and the United Church ladies’ group and often volunteered her time for community events. In her pass time, she spent countless hours gardening as she had a love for both flower & vegetable gardening. And she loved to sit in the back yard watching the birds that she’d feed on a regular basis. Being retired also gave her the time to enjoy the little things in life that she loved so much, like campfires and wiener roasts.
Irene was a fabulous cook and during her time, she fed countless family & friends, not all of which were planned of course, as Arnet loved to surprise her by inviting people for supper. But despite the unexpected dinner guests, she always rose to the occasion and pulled it off. The kids on the farm also loved her baking & discovered a clever way to get access to it without her knowledge. The deepfreeze sat directly below a wood shoot in the house that was no longer used, so they’d slide down it, step on the deepfreeze, climb on the floor, grab the loot out of the freezer and back out the wood shoot they’d go, leaving a trail of coconut behind.
After Arnet’s passing in 2010, she continued living in her home until 2017, when she moved to the 55 plus apartments. Irene loved the company of others, so it was the perfect fit for her, as she simply had to walk down the hall to the common area to visit. She loved playing cards, and soon became part of a group of ladies who gathered weekly to do just that.
In 2022, Irene’s health began to fail, and as such she could no longer live an independent life and moved into the care home until her passing.
Out of all the things that Irene loved in her life, nothing was more precious to her than her family, and she was the epitome of a mama bear and would defend anyone of them at all costs. She has left a hole in everyone’s hearts but has also left us with precious memories that will never be forgotten.
If she could speak with us today, knowing the type of person she was, these are words she would agree with.
When I go, don’t learn to live without me,
just learn to live with my love, in a different way.
And if you need to see me, close your eyes,
or look in your shadow, when the sun shines,
Sit with me in the quiet and you will know,
that I did not leave.
There is no leaving when a soul is blended with another.
When I go, don’t learn to live without me,
just learn to look for me in the moments.
I will be there.
A family graveside service was held at Chatsworth Cemetery in Gilbert Plains, MB.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Irene may be made to Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home.