Rose (Irene) Graham was born on December 8, 1924 to Mary and Earnest Carter in a little sod house on the farm near Manyberries. The family moved a short time later to a farm near Hayter, Alberta where Irene shared her childhood with sisters Eva and Ruth and brothers Leo, Bill and Jim. Time was spent going to school and her favourite pastime riding horses.
She met Bob Graham when she was 15 years old, he was working on a nearby farm and would come every Sunday afternoon to play ball with the Carter kids and other neighbours. In 1939 World War II began; Irene joined the Army on October 26, 1942. She and Bob corresponded through those years until the war was over and Bob came home. Both discharged from the Army and were married on November 26, 1945. On August 6, 1947 their daughter Linda was born. The next years were spent farming near Marsden. Then owning and running a café of which Irene was chief cook and bottle washer. The family later moved to the Provost area, then to Killam and then to Edmonton. They moved a lot. During these years Irene did hairdressing and owned her own shop in Edmonton. In 1962, they moved to Stettler where Bob worked as a gas fitter for Burro Gas and then Canadian Propane. Irene worked for the Stettler Hotel and then Blokes Bakery. During these years she enjoyed gardening and even took 1st prize for her yard. In 1974 Bob was transferred to Creston, BC to manage the Canadian Propane Branch there where Irene spent most of her time gardening.
In October of 1976 she accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour of her life and was baptised. Bob and Irene were on the move again. When Bob retired they moved back to Alberta to be closer to family and settled in Strome, Alberta. She again enjoyed gardening, baking and especially going to garage sales.
In September 2006, Irene and Bob moved to Willow Creek Lodge in Stettler. Bob passed away in January 2008 and Irene spent two more years there before moving to the farm near Stettler. She spent the next four years where she especially loved playing with her great great grandson Seth. In January of 2014 Irene moved to Points West Living. During the time she spent in the Stettler Hospital, prior to her passing, her second great great grandson James was born on November 12, 2015 across the hall from her. Irene went home to be with the Lord on November 29, 2015.
Predeceased by her husband Bob, mother Mary and father Earnest Carter, sisters Eva (Walter) Schowalter, Ruth (Auburn/ Hanky), sister in law Rose Carter, brothers Jim Carter and Leo Carter. Irene is survived by her daughter Linda (Ken) Repchin; grandchildren Tammy (Matthew) Durant, Gordon Repchin and Kent Repchin; great grandchildren: Kristi, Mikayla, Wyatt, Jorden, Amber, Steven, Robert and Alex; two great great grandsons Seth and James; brother Bill Carter and sister in law Alice Carter; as well as other relatives and many dear friends.
Funeral service was held in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Pastor Shawn Acheson, Word of Life Church, officiating. Nathan Mullen presented his gift of music as well sang several selections. Great great grandson read “My First Christmas In Heaven” and nephew Tim Schowalter gave a loving tribute. Interment took place at Lake View Cemetery with Gordon Repchin, Kent Repchin, Tammy Durant, Kristi Repchin, Jordon Mayhew and Mike Lundle as Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers were Matthew Durant, Mikayla Repchin and all Irene’s family and friends. Family and friends joined together in the Heartland Chapel for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Fenn Ladies Club. Memorial donations may be sent to STARS, Alberta Diabetes or your own charity c/o Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0.Condolences will be forwarded to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com