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April 28, 1923-Sept. 6, 2021

Mom is now at peace after living 98 years to their absolute fullest potential. She was able to live in her own apartment, cooking casseroles, baking cookies, playing cards and watching “The Curling” right up to the last 2 months of her life, when her health declined all too quickly.

Irene was born and raised in Avonlea and spent a number of years working in the General Store there, before realizing her dream of Nursing by studying at the Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw.  She not only graduated in 1956 as Top Student in her class, but she also met and fell for the love of her life, and, after marrying, started a new adventure with Dad on the farm south of Mortlach, combining farming, family, and her nursing career with an apparently end-less supply of energy.

After raising their family and many years of farming, Irene and Bill retired to Daisy Crescent in Moose Jaw in 1991. She continued to live in that well-loved home after Bill’s passing in 1998, a loss she felt for the rest of her life.  She reluctantly moved to Athabasca Towers in 2014, a place she soon came to love dearly for the wonderful shared community, the proximity to Crescent Park, and of course the nightly card games.

Irene is predeceased by her husband William (Bill) Greggains, infant son James, and many other beloved relatives.

She is survived by children Wendy Brandon (Greg), Glenda Julian (Gerry) and Randy Greggains (Erin), grandchildren Tana Keller (Bryan), Teri Peters (Jason), Derek Brandon (Daphne), Jared Brandon (Jamie), Devon Julian (Michelle) Adam Julian (Alexandria), Holden Greggains, Shea Greggains, great-grandchildren Josh, Amber (Vin-nie), Ella, Samuel, Daniel, Ethan, Sophia, Clementine, Jasper, Kailey and Jack, and great-great grandchild Remi.

Irene’s faith was a central part of her life, and she was a lifelong member of the United Church. She easily made friends wherever she went and maintained those relationships for life. She was the glue that held together a very large extended family; she dearly loved family, friends, fun, and food throughout her long and remarkable life. 

Special thanks to the Memory Lane palliative care team at Pioneer Lodge. The care and compassion shown by all staff was truly above and beyond. Special people doing special work. Thank you.

A celebration of Irene’s life will be held Monday, Sept. 13, 1:30 pm at Jones/Parkview Funeral Home, 474 Hochelaga St. W., Moose Jaw. With respect for all in attendance the family asks that everyone in attendance please wear a mask. Della Ferguson will officiate. To view the service pleas e click on the following link and ensure that you are logged into the service prior to the start time. Once the service begins you will not be able to enter the meeting room. Join Zoom Meeting

Donations in lieu of flowers to the Canadian Cancer Society.

In living memory of Irene, a memorial planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services. Please sign the memorial register at website: (Obituaries). Dayna Chamberlain-Funeral Director