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Irene Elizabeth Pickard

Irene Elizabeth Pickard

1926 – 2014

Irene Elizabeth Pickard nee Gorrie passed away peacefully at age 88 in Kootenay Lake Hospital, Nelson B.C. on Saturday November 29, 2014. Irene was born in Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland on November 2, 1926. Irene was the eldest daughter of John Gillespie Gorrie and Elizabeth McKenzie McCowatt, both of Barrhead Scotland.

Irene became a WWII bride in her hometown, marrying her handsome soldier, Leslie Gordon Pickard, on August 18, 1945, and travelled back to Canada with Gordon to reside in Nelson and surrounding areas to start their new family.  They travelled and lived in Europe during Gordon’s service in the RCAF. Both were very involved in Scouting since an early age and continued as Scout leaders for many years. Irene helped many others with her nursing efforts during these times.

 Irene is missed dearly and survived by; son Bruce Allan Pickard (Brenda Matheson), granddaughter Krystal Mae Fisher nee Pickard ( Nick ), great grandson Tristan Joshua Pickard, grandson Bruce Allan Pickard, son John Martin Pickard ( Marla Ann Gatz ) granddaughter Tanya Marie ( Athena ) Pickard, son Kevin Douglas Pickard ( Kim Margaret Harley ) grandsons  Michael Wayne Pickard, Jason Timms ( Lynn Bourassa ), David Allan Pickard ( Tasha Buyzat )  granddaughter’s Sydney Marie, Paysley Elizabeth, daughter  Gina Marie Pickard ( Woody Dereck Hartung ),   grandson Kane Gordon Pickard ( Sage  Cameron ) and her loyal companion Cymba Hamish Pickard.

Irene is pre -deceased by her husband, Leslie Gordon Pickard and her son Wayne Leslie Pickard (Pam Snaith) (Kellan), granddaughter Candace Dickenson nee Pickard ( Ryan Dickenson ), great granddaughter Shinesta Christie Taylor McKenzie,  great granddaughter Tyra, great grandsons Kolbie David  and Kaiden Richard, granddaughter Amanda Witts nee Pickard ( Kenji Witts ), great granddaughter’s Kyler Lynn and Miyoko Leslie, great grandson Cameron Wayne, grandson Christopher Lee Pickard ( Michelle Beedle -Pickard ), granddaughter’s Natalya and Jordan,  grandson Jeff Dubeau and her siblings: James Douglas Gorrie (Margaret Smart), William Martin Gorrie ( Jean McCready), Elma Andrina Gorrie (John) Jack Stewart Paterson), Evelyn Jessie Gorrie ( passed on at 6 wks of age), John Ross Gorrie ( Bettty McQuarter), Robert Fraser Gorrie ( Muriel)     Allan McKenzie Gorrie ( Janet Drummond), Ronald Gillespie Gorrie ( Belle Mannion) Edith Helen Gorrie (Douglas John Miller ), Eric Taylor Gorrie ( Ruth Osberg ), Ernest Kirk Gorrie ( Sandra), Ethel Martha Gorrie ( Douglas Hugh Young ).

 The Family would like to thank the Dr’s and nurses who looked after Irene while she was in their care.  

A memorial will be held at her home in the yard and gardens she loved in the summer. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in Irene’s name to the Canadian Diabetes Assciation, PO Box 26331 Stn Brm B, Toronto M7Y 4R1.

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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. 

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