Samu nee Olsen (Hal­l­i­day) Irene Mae

June 16, 1934 - June 17, 2018

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIED­S -

A mother, sis­ter, aunt, grand­mother, great-grand­mother and friend. Irene died peace­fully in the Drumheller Hos­pi­tal af­ter a brief stay. She had just cel­e­brated her 84th birth­day with friends and fam­ily. Born in Drumheller Hos­pi­tal, to Christ Leonard Olsen and Elvira Ann No­bel. She grew up on a farm near Mor­rin, Al­berta with sib­lings, Es­ther, Leonard, Gor­don and Keith. At­tended grade school in Mor­rin and later High School in Drumheller where she stayed in the girl’s dor­mi­tory and made many life­long friends. From there she went on to nurs­ing school in Medicine Hat. Af­ter which, she took her first po­si­tion as a nurse in Ber­muda. Irene worked as a Regis­tered Nurse for 39 years, many of which she spent em­ployed at the Drumheller Hos­pi­tal work­ing all three shifts. A woman known for her quick wit and mis­chievous streak, she was gen­er­ous with her sense of hu­mour pass­ing it on to three gen­er­a­tions and shar­ing it her whole life. She had a dead-pan style, known for her sar­cas­tic re­but­tals and prac­ti­cal jokes, at home and at work. As a nurse she be­lieved ‘laugh­ter’ to be the best medicine and ap­plied it lib­er­ally. She be­came known as ‘Hat­field’ by staff on the med­i­cal floor. An in­de­pen­dent woman, strong and com­pletely in­spir­ing; brave and no­ble rais­ing four chil­dren as a sin­gle par­ent while bal­anc­ing a busy nurs­ing ca­reer. She val­ued spend­ing time with the fam­ily and va­ca­tion­ing at Fair­mont and was sure to at­tend fam­ily re­unions. She liked to cro­chet and made many afghans to spoil those she loved. It was her wish that her friends and fam­ily re­mem­ber the times of laugh­ter and many hi­lar­i­ous in­ci­dents. One of her fon­d­est mem­o­ries is a fam­ily va­ca­tion trip in 1974 which toured through Banff, Lake Louise, Card­ston, Fort MacLeod, Leth­bridge and Medicine Hat. She loved to dress up, al­ways curled her hair and put on lip­stick. An avid scrab­bler, puz­zler and cross­word en­thu­si­ast. Her love for mu­sic in­cluded gospel, 50’s-60’s, Elvis Pres­ley and es­pe­cially her own chil­dren’s singing. She loved read­ing her Bi­ble. Amongst her most prized pos­ses­sions were her photo al­bums, Nor­man Rock­well prints and any­thing rooster. Irene loved peo­ple and was very in­volved in her church and com­mu­nity. She was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist Church for 35 years and served as trea­surer for a time. She loved to cook for potlucks for the Church. Irene was a mem­ber of the Bad­land Gals (Red Hats), Af­ter 5 Chris­tian Women’s Club, Re­tired Nurses Din­ner Club and Pi­o­neer Singers. Irene served for 14 years as a mem­ber of the Cit­i­zens’ Ap­peal and Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Al­berta So­cial Services. Af­ter re­tir­ing she joined the Pi­o­neer Trail Quilt­ing Group and a se­niors travel group. Her love for travel had be­gan early in life on trips to Cuba and Mex­ico. She loved to take friends to all the Al­berta tourist spots and shows. She loved the theatre and drama in­clud­ing vis­it­ing the Rose­bud Din­ner Theatre and the Drumheller Pas­sion Play where she vol­un­teered for years. She thor­oughly en­joyed her turn at dec­o­rat­ing for the Re­tired Nurses Din­ner Club and Af­ter 5, where her fa­mous pe­onies were used an­nu­ally for ta­ble cen­tre pieces. Irene leaves be­hind daugh­ter Kathy Steeves, sons, Don­ald (Heather) Hal­l­i­day, Ron­ald (Glo­ria) Hal­l­i­day, and Robert (Barb) Hal­l­i­day; 15 Grand­chil­dren, Jonathan Steeves, Teneille Knell, Jody Steeves, Tracey Kehler, Jes­sica Hal­l­i­day, Jennifer Hal­l­i­day, David Hal­l­i­day, Car­men Hal­l­i­day, Cameron Hal­l­i­day, Joel­isha Hal­l­i­day, El­iz­a­beth Hal­l­i­day, Abi­gail Hal­l­i­day, Benjamin Hal­l­i­day, Ni­cholas Hal­l­i­day, Sarah Hal­l­i­day; 7 Great-Grand­chil­dren, Mila Steeves, Fletcher Steeves, Micah Knell, Grace Knell, Hope Knell, Rose Knell, Kyler Hal­l­i­day; broth­ers Leonard Olsen, Keith Olsen as well as nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews, cousins and friends. She was pre­de­ceased by sis­ter Es­ther Not­land, brother-in-law Alvin Not­land, brother Gor­don Olsen, sis­ters-in-law Donna and Pat Olsen; son Les­lie Hal­l­i­day, nephew Mark Not­land and close friend Ger­rie Ed­wards. The fam­ily would like to rec­og­nize the many friends Irene leaves be­hind and es­pe­cially Anne Camp­bell, trusty side­kick and dear friend. Thank you to Dr. Ram and Acute Care Staff for your com­pas­sion­ate and thought­ful care dur­ing Mom’s stay in the hos­pi­tal. The urn has been in­terred at Mor­rin Ceme­tery with a small gath­er­ing of fam­ily and close friends. If friends so de­sire, do­na­tions can be made to the Can­cer Re­search So­ci­ety. Mes­sages of con­do­lence may be left for the fam­ily at www.myal­ter­na­tives.ca.

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