Olmsted, Irene Mary

Olmsted: Irene Mary (Abrey), passed away peacefully on March 22, 2017 at the Hartney Community Health Centre at the age of 96 years. Irene was born December 22, 1920 to Olive (Saban) and Fred Abrey, the youngest of four children. She received her education at Deleau School, then St. Boniface School of Nursing, graduating July 27, 1942 with her RN. She nursed in Winnipeg, Carberry, Brandon and other rural hospitals.

Irene married Wellington (Wally) George Olmsted in 1944. Their only child, Keith, was born on July 3, 1948.

Irene and Wally enjoyed many winters in Arizona, where they made many lifelong friends. Irene also enjoyed gardening, crocheting and baking. Her love of houseplants was obvious with all the plants in her home. Nothing pleased Auntie more then to have her nieces and nephews stop for lunch at noon or after school for help with homework, baking cookies, then having cookies and tea or doing crafts.

Irene was predeceased by her parents, husband Wally, son Keith, brothers Russ and Tom and sister Ruby as well as several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. She is survived by several nieces and nephews who fondly remember her simply as AUNTIE.

Memorial donations may be made to Hartney Community Health Centre c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 280 Hartney, Manitoba R0M 0X0.

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