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Irene McArthur

Irene McArthur

April 6, 2009

Irene McArthur
McArthur, Irene; at Royal Terrace, Palmerston on Monday April 6, 2009. Irene (Lee) McArthur formerly of Mount Forest in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Murray McArthur. Loved mother of Shirley Anne Rathbone & husband Dennis of Birmingham, England, Maryetta McDowell & husband Hugh of Ottawa, Kenneth McArthur & wife Ruth of Southgate Township, Robert McArthur & wife Aletha of Mount Forest and Harvey McArthur & wife Linda of Rolphton. Loving grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also survived by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Friends may call at the Hendrick Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Monday April 13th at 11:00a.m. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Memorial donations to the charity of ones choice would be appreciated by the family. On line condolences may be made at www.hendrickfuneralhome.com


We were all saddened to hear of Irene's passing, having known her for over 40 years, both in Canada and from her several visits to the UK. I will always remember with gratitude her friendship, kindness, hospitality and interest in our family down the years. We are celebrating a highly successful life well led, and will keep a place in our hearts for a lady who significantly touched all who came within her compass. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley-Anne and the family over this difficult period. With fondest love from Colin, Cosy, Rich,Nick and Vicky xx

— Colin McCrorie, April 16, 2009

Bob, Aletha and family: I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Just a note to say that I am thinking of you at this time and that I do know it is hard to lose a parent at any age. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lots of love from Shelley Bird

— Shelley Bird (co-worker of Bob\, April 13, 2009

With deepest sympathy at this time for the whole family. We have very fond memories of Irene - those always welcoming smiles and chuckles and ever present hugs and support when needed. Cozy home, ongoing crafts and those famous homemade dishclothes. Plans she shared about her involvement in the Seniors Groups throughout the years. She was a delight to be part of our lives. Love Keith and Lynda Marsland

— Keith and Lynda Marsland, April 11, 2009

My family and I have known Irene for over 40 years and love and respect her dearly. We met up with her several times over this period both in the UK and Canada and always enjoyed her hospitality and company. We are all feeling her loss keenly and want to express our love and support to the immediate family through Shirley-Anne. At this sad time, we are remembering with gratitude a fine lady who touched all who came within her compass. God bless you all and help you to celebrate her life. Love from Colin, Cosy, Rich, Nick and Vicky XX

— Colin McCrorie, April 10, 2009

As a grandchild who grew up a whole Atlantic Ocean away from her Grandma I was never privileged to have as many of the frequent visits and times together that my own children have - and love - with their own grandparents. But Grandmas are special, whatever the distance, and the memories I have of Grandma are also special and ones I will treasure - her bear hugs...her wonderful laugh...her strength of character...the pleasure of her company at our wedding...the tearful joy when Kathryn and Ben met their great-Grandma... I'm sorry we won't be with you all on Monday as you celebrate the life of this inspirational woman, but rest-assured we will be with you in spirit and we will be having our own time of remembering Grandma (and Great-Grandma) here in York. With love, Deb, Neil, Kathryn and Ben

— Deb Rathbone, April 10, 2009

Our thoughts are with you all.

— Gordon and Kathy Calder, April 9, 2009

Shirley Anne, Maryetta, Ken, Bob, Harvey, and families, Your Mother was a special lady who will be sadly missed. May your memories of happy times spent with her help you through this difficult time. All our sympathy. Albert and Ann Lee

— Albert and Ann Lee, April 9, 2009

We have always remembered with fondness the happy times spent with the McArthur family at their farm in Holstein and the hospitality shown by Irene and Murray. Their friendship helped shorten the long winter of loneliness for two young immigrants.

— , January 1, 2010

Thinking of you all and holding you in our prayers from everyone at St Annes West Heath Birmingham UK

— REv Stuart Dimes, April 9, 2009

Just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about your Mum. Mums are very special. Will be thinking of you and your family on Monday. Mal & Phil

— Mal and Phil Warrener, April 8, 2009

So sorry to hear your news. It's so sad losing someone irreplaceable at whatever age. I will be thinking of you on Monday.

— Jean Rathbone, April 8, 2009

Our love and thoughts are with you all... Peter & Barbara (Birmingham)

— Peter & Barbara Barrett, April 8, 2009

Our love and sympathy to all the family... remembering happy times spent together on Irene's visits to Birmingham. Thinking of you all at this time, Joan and family

— Joan Deakin, April 8, 2009

Deepest sympathy to all the family... May God's love surround you and bring you strength at this time of sorrow.

— Tom Rathbone, April 8, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. In Christian love...Keith & Lilian, Tim & Helen, Jon & Sarah

— Lilian and Keith Parker, April 8, 2009

My sympathy to her family. She was one of my favorite aunts. She was always upbeat and happy. Made one feel good about themslves. Always smiling and ready to please. My heart goes out to her. Fondly, Stu.

— Stuart McArthur, April 8, 2009

We'll miss you Aunt Irene -- your sense of fun, your ready smile, your interest in what others were doing. You figure in so many memories of my childhood -- baking pies for threshing gangs, lighting up the picnic tables with your laughter when our two families made the annual pilgrimage to Wasaga Beach (complete with flat tires), sharing Christmases and New Year's Eves, welcoming us to your home, treating us like members of your family. As the years went by, we looked forward to seeing you at Ken's picnics, always the star of the show. And of course we'll always remember you "dancing for the old people," many of them much younger than you were. Our condolences and love to the family. Doug and Marg

— Doug and Marg McArthur, April 7, 2009

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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