passed away on Monday, July 4th, 2011.
Iris will be greatly missed by her husband, Robert Gordon Steele, her children Robert Steele Jr., Timothy Steele, Deirdre Melton (husband Andrew), Erin Batting (husband Robert); her
loving grandchildren Graeme Melton, Kelly Melanson
(husband Shane), Kavan Melton, Caitlin Batting, Connor Batting and her great grand daughter, Brooke Melanson. She is also survived by her dear
brother George Cutting of Sherwood Park, Alberta and
nephews Terry McDonough of Calgary,
Alberta and John Rowland of Penticton, B.C.
Iris was predeceased by her son Peter in 1985.
Iris was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on
June 15, 1926 to Percy and Ruby Cutting. Percy was a long standing member of the NWMP and upon
retirement in 1932 he moved his family to Banff,
Alberta when Iris was 6 years old where she attended school and remained until she was 18 years of age.
Iris met her future husband, Bob, in Calgary in 1944 where he was attending a one month survival training course prior to heading to the far east to be attached to a RAF squadron. Iris corresponded with Bob every single day while he was overseas.
When he returned in 1945 he attended UBC and graduated with a degree in forestry in 1949. Iris and Bob were married on September 6, 1947 in Banff,
Alberta and moved to Alberta where Bob was
employed by the Alberta Government.
A very special thanks to Dr. Morag Atherstone and Dr. Penny Bartlett for their wonderful care, above and beyond the call of duty.
“If you get there before I do, don’t give up on me. I’ll meet you when my chores are through. I don’t know how long I’ll be, but I’m not gonna let you down darling wait and see, and between now and then until I see you again, I’ll be loving’ you, love, me”.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of Canada.
There will be a memorial service held in Banff, Alberta at a later date.