It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Irene Ardill. A celebration of life service will be held on November 25th with further information under the services tab.
Irene Hampton Ardill (nee Ambrose) was born June 15, 1932 in Moose Factory, Ontario. She was the oldest child and only daughter of Harry and Christina Ambrose of Scotland. Harry was a fur trader for the Hudson’s Bay Co. and his work took the family across northern Ontario and the Northwest Territories. In 1943 the family moved to Hudson’s Hope where Harry took over the Hudson’s Bay post. Irene and her brother Henry attended school in Hudson’s Hope where Irene made many lifelong friends. In June of 1948 she graduated from North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John. After graduation Irene moved with her family to Scotland and then to Edmonton Alberta where she worked at Eaton’s Department Store. Irene re-united with Dick Ardill when he was in Edmonton; he walked into the Eaton’s Department store and there she was! Dick, being quite smitten by the lovely lady went to her home for dinner, and in 1952 Irene returned to the Hudson’s Hope area for the last time when she became the bride of Dick Ardill. They were married October 25, 1952 in St. Peter’s Church in Hudson’s Hope.
Dick and Irene have spent the last 67 years living and working on the family ranch. Here they raised their family of four children, Renee, Lorna, Kathy and Donny. Irene was involved in all aspects of ranch and community life. She cooked for haying crews, tended a large family garden and raised her children, and was Grandma to many others. Irene passed away on October 20, 2019 in the Fort St. John Hospital with Dick and her children by her side. She leaves to mourn her loving husband Dick, daughters Renee (Karen) Ardill, Lorna (Steve) Winnicky, Kathy (Bernie) Schroeder and Don (Doug) Ardill, grandchildren Walker (Tara, Noble, Khalida) Grassie, Travis (Heather, Carolie, Kyla) Winnicky, Trent (Tashana, Gaige, Azlyn) Winnicky, Sorrel (Lauren, Aaliyah, Zaric) Schroeder, sister in law Carol Ambrose and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her parents Harry and Christina Ambrose and her brother Henry Ambrose. She was well loved and will be missed by many. Memorial services will be held on November 25, 2019 from St. Peter’s Church in Hudson’s Hope at 2:00pm with a cemetery service and tea to follow in the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Arthritis Society or the Fort St John Palliative Care Society.
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