Irene Bruce Anderson


With loved ones at her bedside, Irene “Rene” Bruce Anderson (nee Forsyth) passed away at the Elk Valley Hospital on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the age of 102 years.

Irene Forsyth was born in Edson, AB on September 12, 1912 to parents Thomas and Margaret (nee Cameron). In honor of her mother’s Scottish heritage, she was given the middle name Bruce; a Cameron family name that traces back to the days of “Robert the Bruce” who had himself crowned King of Scots at Scone.

A teenaged Rene moved from Edson to Fernie with her parents and began working at Barton’s Music Store. In 1938 she married John Anderson and quickly settled into being a devoted wife and loving mother. With the closure of the Coal Creek Mine, the Andersons moved to Galloway and later to Powell River, BC. In 1968, John and Rene again returned to Fernie, their children and spouses following a short time later.

Rene nurtured those around her; her home a welcoming haven for family and friends. The stories she shared and the memories her life created will become a beautiful legacy for those who loved her.

Irene is survived by her children: Marva Black, Dale (Fiona) Anderson, and Harold (Dolores) Anderson; her grandchildren: Cheri Martens, Shane Anderson, Robyn Leach, Michelle Anderson, Charmaine Anderson, and Chad Anderson, and great grandchildren Jaycee, Christopher, Ashley, Serena, Rachelle, Shelyse, Justis, Koby and Payton. She was predeceased by her parents, siblings Harold Forsyth, Ina Rush, Daisy Radcliffe, and Andrew Forsyth, and her husband John Anderson.

Memories and condolences shared at Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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