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Irene Enright

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ENRIGHT Irene Charlotte (nee Hamilton) passed away peacefully at the age of 87 years on Friday April 23rd, 2021 at Crocus Court Personal Care Home in Roblin, MB.
> Irene was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on March 27th, 1934 to Franklin McKean and Charlotte Walker (nee Thompson) Hamilton.
> She was the eldest daughter in a family of 12. She spent her youth on the family farm at Weekes, SK. She shared many stories about the hardships of that time. In 1938, her mom died due to complications of childbirth and then Lena came into their lives. Lena came to help her dad out with six kids and ended up falling in love and marrying Frank. Six more kids were born. Mom often spoke of enjoying her time at the one room school house and learning to read and write. Mom and her sister Iris went to Hudson Bay to work when they were in their teen years. Eventually, mom moved to Flin Flon, MB where she met the love of her life, Ron. They were married on July 15, 1953 at Lintlaw, SK. and started their lives together at 1 Adams Street in Flin Flon, MB. Irene gave birth to eight children with the first born in June of 1954 and the eighth on March 13, 1966. More kids meant they needed a bigger house. They moved to 324 Queen Street and then built a house at 341 Queen Street in 1965, where they lived until 1976. While the kids were growing and becoming involved in activities, mom also became involved. She became a Cub Scout leader when the boys were of age and did that for many years. She sewed outfits for all of us kids, Halloween costumes were home made and often finger puppets too. Mom was very creative and had a great imagination. As the kids grew old enough to go to school, mom went to work outside of the home. She was a waitress at the Flin Flon Hotel and then moved across the street to the Stylerite department store. She was a hard worker and an asset to both of those places. She loved to read, sing, dance, play cards and especially loved Scrabble. Her ability to stretch a dollar was second to none. She was a tremendous cook and her baking was widely known in the neighborhood. Doughboys, donuts and homemade bread was a weekly occurrence. Her soft ginger cookies were to die for. She was the queen of fileting fish alongside Auntie Doreen Enright. They were masters and could put anyone who tried to shame. Road trips to grandma’s place in Lintlaw, SK. was always a special time. The roadside picnics were the best. The memories of singing Ging Gang Goolie Goolie and other car songs will be forever in our memories.  As mom didn’t drive until she was in her early 40’s, we walked everywhere with her. Driving in the car with her while she was learning to drive was definitely memorable. Mom received the title of grandma in 1972 when her first grandson was born. Robert James and then in February of 1973 her first granddaughter, Gail Lee was born and in 1974, Crystal Dawn Marie came into her life. Those three babies brought so much joy to our family. In 1974, Ron took a job in Jenpeg working with a contractor on the new hydro dam. The summers of 1974, 75 and 76 were spent camping at the Minago River. Dad was living in the camp at the time. Mom, and the three youngest kids moved to Jenpeg in the summer of 1976. Mom took a job at the commissary and Dad continued to work at the dam. In 1978, two more grandbabies came along Ryan and Holly. In 1979, Mom and Dad moved their mobile home from Jenpeg to Roblin, Manitoba where dad’s brother Pat and his family lived. They lived there for a year and then moved onto the Shell Valley farm in the summer of 1980. While living in Shell Valley, Mom and Dad became good friends with some of the neighbor’s and they spent a lot of time visiting back and forth. Jackie and Peter moved with them to the farm and finished their last few years of school in Roblin. A few times we walked to the closest neighbors in Shell Valley and sang Christmas Carols.
> Mom’s good friend Estelle Johnson was a reflexologist. Mom found this healing process so intriguing that she too became a Reflexologist. People would come from miles around to the Shell Valley Farm and shops in Russell and Roblin to receive treatment. It was amazing to see people come into her home all hunched over unable to walk and leave standing straight up after their treatment that mom had delivered.
> Grandson, Terrence was born in 1980, Daniel in 1981, David and Randi in 1983, Chelsea in 1984, Dallas and Jeffrey in 1985, Bobby in 1986, Eric in 1990, and Jonathon in 2015.
> Whenever the grandchildren were around, Mom would light up and get busy doing crafts, playing cards or showing them the peep peeps and old Swiss in the barn and then out to the gardens for some fresh carrots, peas, etc. Mom was incredibly proud of all of her grandchildren.
> Once they were both retired, Mom and Dad travelled a few times. They had memorable trips to Arizona, Kansas, Toronto, Vancouver Island to name a few. Mom loved connecting with family and treasured all of her brothers, sisters, and in-laws. Attending family reunions was one of her favorite things to do. Family, fun and food. You can’t beat that. Best times for sure.
> In 1998, her first great grand child was born. Over the next 20 years, 18 more grands were added. She loved them all dearly. Kezia, Alyssa, Evan, Aiden, Zeren, Austin, Kennedy, Blayke, Ian, Austin, Lathen, Griffin, Ivy, Aria, Lochlan, Carson, Barbara, Avalene and Asher.
> Mom and Dad sold the Shell Valley Farm in 1999 and moved into Roblin. This is when mom got involved in the 50 and over club as a volunteer. She loved her time as a bingo caller. She especially loved to share fun stories with the Bingo Players.
> Mom was a strong, smart, independent giving woman who instilled these qualities in her children and her grandchildren.
> Mom cherished her many lifelong friends from Flin Flon, Jenpeg, Shell Valley and Roblin.
> Many fond memories will be cherished by those who survive her.
> Children: Charlotte (Des) Shipclark of Cambray, ON, Rita (Stew) Lloyd of Flin Flon, Kelvin (Bonnie) Enright of Edmonton, Pat Enright of Flin Flon, Terry Galatiuk of Roblin, Heather Chrupalo of Flin Flon, Jackie (Jim) Davis of Lake Audy and Pete Enright of Roblin as well as 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
> Siblings: Victor (Joan)Hamilton of St. Albert, AB, Iris Doyle of Grand Prairie, AB, Gladys Solar of Regina, SK, Fern (Doug) Thibodeau of Olds, AB, Dorothy (Alain) Richard of Warman, SK, Clara Beday of Regina, SK, Trish (Marsden) Steinbach of Burnaby, BC.
> Sister in Laws: Mae Hamilton of Regina, Marjorie Engdahl of Lintlaw, SK, Doreen Peacock of Parksville, BC, Maxine (Bob) Galvin of Kemptville, ON, Kathleen (Alfred) Paul of Watrous, Paulette (Ed) Wendler of Regina, Rita (Brian) McBride of Watrous, SK as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
> Mom was predeceased by her husband Ron Enright, her parents Frank and Charlotte Hamilton, her step mom Lena Whitbread, brothers Donald, Gordon, Bob, and Roy. Her mother and father in-law Frances and Pete Enright, brothers in- law Doug, Paul, John, Ed, Pat, Jim and sister in- law Doreen Enright.
> Donations in memory of Irene Enright may be made to the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Box 1026 Roblin, MB R0L 1P0 or to the Roblin Catholic Cemetery Fund Box 1449 Roblin, MB R0L 1P0 or a Charity of your choice.
> Prayer service was held on April 26th at the chapel of Nairn Chyz Wolkoski Funeral Service in Roblin, MB.  With Father Tony officiating.  A celebration of life is planned for a later date due to the pandemic restrictions.  To leave a note of condolence for the family please visit nairnchyzolkowski.ca

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