Irene Bernice Henderson (Née Hall), April 7, 1939 – September 20, 2020
It is with extreme sadness that we must share with you that our beloved mother, Irene Henderson, passed away on September 20, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. After a life lived fully, she was ready to be reunited with her loving husband of 55 years, Edward Henderson, who had passed away in 2016. Mom is lovingly remembered by her children, Rick, Sue, and Tom; by Rick’s partner Thais, and their children Cyrian and Lauryn; by Sue’s partner Allan; and by the many friends and extended family members who had the pleasure of knowing her over the years.
Mom was proud of her work in the Ontario government and the construction industry in Quebec as a young woman, before raising her three children. Mom was a strong advocate for adoption legislation, and was an integral part of the fight to keep adoption records open so that adoptees could find their birth parents.
Mom had many interests and hobbies that connected her to an extended network of dear friends. When we lived in Ottawa, Mom was a member of the Ottawa Doll Club; and, when she moved to Winnipeg in 1985, she and Connie Royal started the Winnipeg Doll Club, and began a very successful annual doll show. An expert in antique dolls, Mom became known as “the doll lady” in Winnipeg. When Dad retired, Mom and Dad enjoyed summer road trips in Canada and the United States, winter months in Mexico, and, in recent years, visiting Rick, Thais, Cyrian, and Lauryn in Arizona.
Strong-willed, determined, and caring, Mom managed to keep her children focused on their goals – encouragement that she extended to her grandchildren, Cyrian and Lauryn. Mom was strong and positive as she prepared to leave us – even learning how to video chat to stay connected with those who loved her. She left us at peace with herself, her family, and her friends.
Mom spoke often of the kindness and professionalism of the doctors, nurses, and staff of Seven Oaks General Hospital and the Riverview Health Centre palliative care unit; and we would like to thank you for taking care of our beautiful mother.
In accordance with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no formal service.
Donations to Siloam Mission (siloam.ca), 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1M3 and/or to The Salvation Army (salvationarmy.ca), 204-290 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2N8, charities that Mom supported, would be appreciated.
- Rick Henderson, Sue Henderson, and Tom Henderson