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In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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Irene Cook was born on January 16, 1931 in The Pas, Manitoba. She was raised on The Pas Indian Band. She received her education at Elkhorn Residential School.
Irene met and married Solomon Cook on Monday, February 9, 1948. Together they raised 11 Children and 3 grandchildren. She leaves behind 92 Grandchildren, 56 Great-Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great Grandchildren
Irene was a hard worker and had a lot of pride. She was self-taught. She attended evening courses to better herself. She did not believe in handouts, she instilled this belief in all her children and grandchildren. At the age of 13 she started her medical field by working in the hospital. To make extra money she would make approximately 100 bannocks for Trapper Festival, and in her early years she worked in The Pas Airport Sanatorium as a nurse’s aide, at St Anthony Hospital as a house keeper and midwife. She also worked at woman’s jail as guard. Irene was also a kindergarten teacher at the Big Eddy School for many years.
This was where her late husband Solomon bought a school bus for the nursery children which was passed on to her son Derrick, this bus has been in her family for 50 years and continues to this day. Irene was also the administrator for McGillivary Care for 19 years. She also served as a counselor for The Pas Band for 2 terms. Irene’s boarding house and taxi service where also a family service, proudly started by her.
Mom’s favorite pastime was going to bingo with her friends Fay Dutkiwicz Lillian Settee, Gloria McGillivary, Emma Crane, Jane Cook and the late Shirley Mae, visiting with friends and family, talking on the phone.
Irene passed away quietly and with dignity on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Hospital, The Pas at the age of 82 years with family by her side.
She is survived by her children David, Johnny, Annie (Stan), Margaret, Jeffery, Derrick, Jerry (Brenda), Rosina, Madeline, Jefferson, and Clarice. Grandson Keaton (pumpkin). Siblings Lillian Bignell and Max McGillivary. Friends Eleanor, Faye, Lillian, Gloria, Emma and many, many more too numerous to mention.
Irene was predeceased by her husband Solomon, parents Mathew and Mary, sons Daniel, Greg, Rod, Sisters Louise Raulston, Christiana Gamble, Victoria Ducharme, Annie McGillivary, Ronnie McGillivary
God saw you getting tired,
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you
“Come to Me”
With tearful eyes, we watched you pass away
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay…
A Golden Heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hears to prove to us,
He only takes the “Best”
Richard Bignell Charles Head
David Miles Jefferson Cook
Clarice Cook Julianna Cook
Phyllis Cook Melissa Bignell
Angie Bignell Monica Head-Stevenson
Sunday & Monday, December 29th & 30th, 2013
Margaret Henderson Parish Hall, OCN
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 1:00pm
Church of Redeemer, Big Eddy OCN
(Rev. James Sayese)
Saints Michaels and all Angels Cemetery
With a pause at Mom’s Home
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba
Following the interment prayers, reception will be held
Margaret Henderson Hall, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done
I’d like to leave an echo of whispering softly down the ways.
Of happy times and laughing times and bright sunny day.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before, the sun.
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done
Opening Sentences Page 589
Gospel song No. 60 Where the Roses never Fade
Memories of the Heart (Irene Cook) Granddaughter
Prayer – Page 591
Scripture Reading John 14.1 to4
Psalm 4.1.8 (Margaret Cook, and Derrick Cook)
Hymn 572 O Jesus I have promised
Gospel Reading John 14.15 to 18 (Jim Sayese)
Homily – Frank Whitehead
Eulogy – Derrick Cook
The apostles Creed – Page 592
Lord’s Prayer – 573
Gospel Song – No.23 I saw the light
Commendation Page 595
Closing Gospel Song – God be with you
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