Irene Cook Obituary

Date of Birth:

Friday, January 16th, 1931

Date of Death:

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Funeral Home:

Hemauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services
122 Lathlin Ave.
Box 416
R9A 1K5


Irene Cook was born on January 16, 1931 in The Pas, Manitoba. She was raised on The Pas Indian Band. She received her education at Elkhorn Residential School.

Irene met and married Solomon Cook on Monday, February 9, 1948. Together they raised 11 Children and 3 grandchildren. She leaves behind 92 Grandchildren, 56 Great-Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great Grandchildren

Irene was a hard worker and had a lot of pride. She was self-taught. She attended evening courses to better herself. She did not believe in handouts, she instilled this belief in all her children and grandchildren. At the age of 13 she started her medical field by working in the hospital. To make extra money she would make approximately 100 bannocks for Trapper Festival, and in her early years she worked in The Pas Airport Sanatorium as a nurse’s aide, at St Anthony Hospital as a house keeper and midwife. She also worked at woman’s jail as guard. Irene was also a kindergarten teacher at the Big Eddy School for many years.

This was where her late husband Solomon bought a school bus for the nursery children which was passed on to her son Derrick, this bus has been in her family for 50 years and continues to this day. Irene was also the administrator for McGillivary Care for 19 years. She also served as a counselor for The Pas Band for 2 terms. Irene’s boarding house and taxi service where also a family service, proudly started by her.

Mom’s favorite pastime was going to bingo with her friends Fay Dutkiwicz Lillian Settee, Gloria McGillivary, Emma Crane, Jane Cook and the late Shirley Mae, visiting with friends and family, talking on the phone.

Irene passed away quietly and with dignity on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Hospital, The Pas at the age of 82 years with family by her side.

She is survived by her children David, Johnny, Annie (Stan), Margaret, Jeffery, Derrick, Jerry (Brenda), Rosina, Madeline, Jefferson, and Clarice. Grandson Keaton (pumpkin). Siblings Lillian Bignell and Max McGillivary. Friends Eleanor, Faye, Lillian, Gloria, Emma and many, many more too numerous to mention.

Irene was predeceased by her husband Solomon, parents Mathew and Mary, sons Daniel, Greg, Rod, Sisters Louise Raulston, Christiana Gamble, Victoria Ducharme, Annie McGillivary, Ronnie McGillivary


God saw you getting tired,

And a cure was not to be

So he put his arms around you

And whispered

“Come to Me”

With tearful eyes, we watched you pass away

Although we loved you dearly

We could not make you stay…

A Golden Heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands at rest.

God broke our hears to prove to us,

He only takes the “Best”



Active Pallbearers:

Richard Bignell Charles Head

David Miles Jefferson Cook

Clarice Cook Julianna Cook

Phyllis Cook Melissa Bignell

Honor Guard:

Angie Bignell Monica Head-Stevenson



Sunday & Monday, December 29th & 30th, 2013

Margaret Henderson Parish Hall, OCN


Tuesday, December 31, 2013 1:00pm

Church of Redeemer, Big Eddy OCN

(Rev. James Sayese)


Saints Michaels and all Angels Cemetery

With a pause at Mom’s Home

Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba


Following the interment prayers, reception will be held

Margaret Henderson Hall, Opaskwayak Cree Nation



I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done

I’d like to leave an echo of whispering softly down the ways.

Of happy times and laughing times and bright sunny day.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before, the sun.

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done

Mom’s Wishes

Opening Sentences Page 589

Gospel song No. 60 Where the Roses never Fade

Memories of the Heart (Irene Cook) Granddaughter

Prayer – Page 591

Scripture Reading John 14.1 to4

Psalm 4.1.8 (Margaret Cook, and Derrick Cook)

Hymn 572 O Jesus I have promised

Gospel Reading John 14.15 to 18 (Jim Sayese)

Homily – Frank Whitehead

Eulogy – Derrick Cook

The apostles Creed – Page 592

Lord’s Prayer – 573

Gospel Song – No.23 I saw the light

Commendation Page 595


Closing Gospel Song – God be with you

Irene Cook
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