GRANT, Irma (April 1, 1929 to March 7, 2020)
Passed away peacefully after a short battle with pneumonia in the Elk Valley Hospital at the age of 90.
With her was her caring daughter, Colleen (Rea) Doyle of Sparwood, BC and son, Bill Rea of Windsor, ON. She is survived by her eldest daughter, Donna Rea, in Toronto, as well as son-in-law Terry Doyle, daughter-in-law Lila Rea, granddaughter Shayla and grandson Bobby, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sisters Ella Wood, Marion Caravan, twin sister Louise Croucher and their husbands, and brothers Eric & Bert Lucas and their wives, her first husband Norman Rea and second husband Richard M. Grant.
Irma began her life in Deer Lake, NL with her twin sister, Louise. They only weighed about 2 lbs. each and weren’t expected to live back in 1929, as Deer Lake was only a logging camp. However, they surprised everyone and did survive! Tough little Newfies they were!
Irma was one of those rare genuine people, who had a wonderful sense of humour and was a truly good-natured person at heart.
At the age of 20, she moved to Toronto and lived with her eldest sister, Ella. She worked at many jobs until she met and married Norman Rea in 1953 and raised her three children in Toronto.
In order to make ends meet in the early years, Irma worked in factories and bookbinding and suffered bouts of ill-health at times in order to assist her husband and family. She was a hard-working woman no doubt both inside and outside the home.
Upon Norman’s death of brain cancer in 1968, she moved her family to Labrador City, NL in 1970 to be closer to other family members and friends. That is where she met and married “Dick” Grant and happily spent the next 30 years there until his death in 1999 of colon cancer. They had a wonderful marriage, enjoyed their time together and spent many beautiful yearly vacations in Florida.
Wanting to be closer to her children after Dick passed away, Irma then moved out west to Lethbridge, AB in 2001, close to her son, Bill, his wife and their daughter, Shayla. She then moved to Sparwood, BC where her youngest daughter Colleen lived with her husband Terry and their “fur family”.
As a devoted mother and wife, sister and aunt, she was cherished by all, especially by her children, who often told her “she was the best mom in the world” and by her grandson, Bobby, who she looked after during his formative years. Irma was especially close to her youngest, Colleen, and they had a special bond, having spent so many years living close by to each other. Colleen used the pet name Muz, which she lovingly tattooed on her shoulder.
For the last 2 years, Irma resided at the Rocky Mountain Village long-term care facility, however, Colleen was her prime caregiver, lovingly following up with her mom’s needs during these latter years.
As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Irma firmly believed in the resurrection hope, as does her daughter Donna. She is in Jehovah’s loving memory now as she awaits that glorious time when he calls her back to life in the paradisiac earth (along with all those in their memorial tombs). Rev. 21:3 & 4; John 5:28; Eze. 18:32
Weep Not For Me
By an Unknown Author
Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet flight
I am at peace, my soul’s at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years
There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life
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