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Irine Simmons
July 25, 1931 - November 9, 2017
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<div itemprop="description">Irine Margery Simmons (affectionately known as Renee), 86, passed away peacefully on November 9, in Saskatoon, SK. Irine was born to Sydney and Lena Charles on July 25, 1931 in St. Gregor, SK. She was the sixth of seven children. Irine attended her first three years of school in St. Gregor, before the family moved to Durban, MB in 1941. It was there that Irine completed her schooling. She was active in many sports and enjoyed skating, curling and softball. She particularly excelled in bowling, and won many awards over the years. Irine left home and moved to Dauphin, MB where she completed a stenography course. She eventually began working as a steno at CN Rail in Dauphin in 1955. Around this time, Irine met and married Doug Simmons, and moved to Yorkton, SK in the late 1960's. She commuted to Melville to continue her role as a steno with CN. Irine and Doug were married for many years, after which Irine transferred to Saskatoon, SK in the late 1970's. With a shorter commute, Irine was able to focus on her passions. She was known for her knitting well into her 80's and even taught some of her care givers how to crochet. Irine enjoyed keeping busy visiting family and friends all over Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC. Some of the most happy and memorable times in her life were when family and friends gathered together. Many family members relied on Irine to keep them up to speed with all the family events. Irine was predeceased by her mother and father, sister Gertrude and brother Walter. Left to mourn her passing are her siblings Gwen Smart of Victoria, BC; Bert Charles (Marjorie) of Saskatoon, SK; Mabel Cooke of Swan River, MB; Fred Charles (June) of Kamloops, BC; ten nieces and nephews; and many great and great-great-nieces and nephews. The family wishes to sincerely thank George Banman, Fern Lawrence, Marion McComb and the compassionate care givers at Hyde Park View. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to The Salvation Army, at 339 Avenue C South, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 1N5, or at www.salvationarmysaskatoon.org. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (East on 8th St.; first right past Briargate Rd.). Expressions of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to Hillcrest Funeral Home.</div>