January 22, 1922 – June 24, 2022
In loving memory ~
Irene Baloc was born to Marie and Robert Asher on Sunday, January 22, 1922 in Nottingham England. A newborn at 4 lbs 4 oz, Irene was not expected to survive.
Irene entertained us with her many stories about her siblings, Bob, Joan, Edwina and Jack and their antics while growing up. Her ambition to be a medical doctor was thwarted by the Depression and World War II. At 16, Irene joined the National Defense Organization as an air raid precaution warden. At the outbreak of war, Irene joined the Civil Nursing Reserve and then transferred to the British Red Cross Nursing Corps.
Irene came to Canada as a “War Bride” in 1946 and lived in Vancouver until 1953. In the spring of 1953, she and husband George moved to the Cariboo town of 100 Mile House. Imagine the cultural shock! Irene kept busy raising her daughters, Kerry and Tracy while handling the financial end of George’s business. She started up the Anglican church in the kitchen of their home on 1st Street. Irene volunteered for the PTA, Legion Auxiliary, Hospital Auxiliary, Women’s Institute, Lady Lions and she ran the Cancer Unit for 4 years. She held executive positions in all groups. Irene and George were both busy as Legion Zone Commanders for the Cariboo.
Irene often found herself in hot water with her English expressions: “I see you’ve got your knobs out” – the grocer was displaying his brussel sprouts. “Knock me up in the morning” – meant wake me up.
Irene was known for her fast walk, Irish superstitions, generosity and selflessness to name a few.
The english physicians who practiced in 100 Mile House knew Irene for her famous cream puffs, rum soaked Christmas cake and english pork pies. Irene’s two hobbies – knitting and baking were well known to all the fund raising organizations.
For health reasons, George and Irene had to move from their home of 40 years to Prince George in 1993. Irene was most happy eating chocolate, reading a murder mystery, knitting socks and drinking a “cuppa tea as it should be!” At 100 years of age, Irene inspired many with her determination and strength. She always said “I’m a Brit and I don’t give up!”
Mom’s pride and joy was her family, Kerry (Dale) granddaughter Leah (David), Tracy (Mike) granddaughters Michaela and Erin.
Mom’s advice to people is to “grin and bear it and keep your pecker up!” (translation – keep your chin up, cheer up).
Lord take care of our beloved, Mom and Nana. She will be sadly missed.
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