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July 17, 1920 ~ November 16, 2017 (age 97)
Irene A. MacLean (Lohman) July 17, 1920 - November 16, 2017
It is with great sadness, that we the family of Irene Anna MacLean of Fort St. John, B.C., announce her passing on November 16, 2017. Irene was born in Willmont, Saskatchewan on July 17, 1920. She was the third child to Christina and John Lohman. Lucy and Lawrence were her older siblings, while Sylvia and Maryanne were younger. Irene moved to Fort St. John with her family in 1929, but sadly her mother passed away soon after. In 1940 Irene married the love of her life, Ross Hayward MacLean and shared 70 years together until his passing in 2010. They were pioneers during the growth of Fort St. John and had 4 children together, Ian, Kathy, Valerie and Judy. Because of her beautiful children, Irene basked in the love of 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Irene dedicated her life to being a wife, mother, and homemaker; she was the foundation of the MacLean family. She had a passion for cooking and a love for hosting friends and family. Whether you were stopping by for lunch or coffee, Irene always made you feel at home. She was also well known for her beautiful flower beds and her lovely garden. She would spend countless hours maintaining her yard to achieve perfection. Irene was heavily involved with the CWL her entire life and received the prestigious 70 Year Service Pin in 2016. She was one of only 2 people in British Columbia to have received this honor. She was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. The Catholic Church was also a big part of Irene's life, as she was a parishioner for the past 88 years. She discovered and made many lifelong friendships through her involvement with the church. Irene also enjoyed the time she spent as a valued volunteer at the Lutheran Care Home, as she went there every Tuesday for over 25 years.
Irene was predeceased by her husband, Ross Hayward MacLean; her siblings, Sylvia Cranston, Maryanne McKenzie, Lucy Scheck and Lawrence Lohman; her daughter-in-law Barb MacLean and son-in law Floyd Griffin.
Irene is survived by her children, Ian MacLean, Kathy Griffin, Valerie Fenimore (Sam) and Judy Bishop (Wade); her grandchildren Mike MacLean, Guy MacLean (Shelly), Kevin MacLean (Lori), Scott MacLean (Sandy), Jason Hopkins (Ashlea), Candice Hopkins (Raven), Craig Griffin (Jody), Kyle Griffin, Jason Griffin, Jennifer Fenimore, Shayne Fenimore, Zachary Bishop, Adam Bishop, and 15 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial service for the late Irene Maclean of Fort St. John will be held Saturday, November 25th at 11:00 am from the Catholic Church of the Resurrection. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made in memory of Irene to the Fort St. John Hospital Women's Auxiliary or to the Catholic Women's League. Condolences may be forwarded through www.hamresfuenral.com