Iris Corinne McQuaker, 85

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Iris Corinne McQuaker passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at her residence in Rainy River Health Centre. She was born on April 27, 1925 at Stratton, Ontario to Harold and Elizabeth Pearson.

Iris was educated in Stratton, Emo and Fort Frances graduating from grade 13 in 1941. She apprenticed at Dunwoody and Company in Fort Frances. In 1943 she was hired to teach at Pattullo #8. It was there in Pattullo that she met Carson McQuaker and they were married on December 29, 1944.

Iris continued to teach in area schools as well as farm with Carson on the McQuaker homestead where they raised their family. In 1967-1968, Iris returned to school in Thunder Bay to complete her formal teacher’s certification. Upon her graduation, she accepted a position in Rainy River and retired in 1980 from Riverview Elementary. During her retirement, Iris enjoyed various aspects of farm life and her many hobbies. She was a life-long learner and instilled the value of having a strong work ethic coupled with a sense of humour.

Iris was a member of Stratton United Church, a choir leader, a Sunday School teacher, and a church board member. She served as council member for the Corporation of the Township of Morley for many years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all.

Iris is survived by her husband Carson, children Dixie (Wayne Watson), Norman (Jinx Stus), Harold (Shirley), Jim (Susan), Beth (Dennis Brown), Robin (Joanne), Pete (Marlene), Susan (Harold Norlund) and Bud (Donna). She has 22 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Also surviving is her only sister Dixie Pidlubny, her brother-in-law Ron McQuaker and her sister-in-law Donna Pearson. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours. Iris was predeceased by her parents, Carson’s parents, William and Annie, and her brothers, Cecil and Ron. She lost two sons, Laurie and David, one granddaughter, Kari, one great granddaughter Miami, and one great great grandson, Kellen.

Funeral services will be held on Monday April 4, 2011 at 1p.m from the Stratton Millennium Hall. Rev. Peggy Mason officiating. Interment will follow at the Pattullo Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Iris’s six sons. The family would like to thank the staff of the Rainy River Health Centre for their loving care of Iris these last few years.

If so desired donations may be made to the Stratton United Church, the Rainy River Health Centre or charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0. Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com