It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of our aunt, Irene Brandley, on September 12, 2013, at the age of 99 years. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at Lakeview Lodge, West Kelowna with members of her family present.
Born Irene Wood, on July 31, 1914 in Saskatoon Sask., where she lived, was educated and worked until she enlisted in the RCAF in 1942. Her first posting was “overseas” to Newfoundland in a communications unit. She found this to be a great adventure until her discharge in 1946. She continued her affiliation with the RCAF being a member of the Air Force Association, and also as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 58 years. She and her late husband Don both received their 50 Year Medals in 2005. They were the only couple to receive Year of the Veteran medals for 50 years as members of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Following her discharge from the Air Force, it was on to the next adventure; marriage to her husband, Donald Brandley, who predeceased her in 2006 after almost 60 years of marriage. Being in the RCAF, they were posted to many places in Canada; their final posting before retirement being Cold Lake, Alberta. During their time there she did volunteer work in addition to working as an Adult Education Coordinator for the North for the Department of Education.
She and Don moved to the Okanagan in 1983 to enjoy a well-earned retirement featuring much golf, travel and Bridge, at which she was an avid player.
Predeceased by her parents, George and Jane Ann (“Jenny”) Wood of Saskatoon, sister Emily Dillon (Jack) of Winnipeg, and brother William (Bill) (Bernice) Wood of Kelowna.
She leaves to mourn, her nephews Stanley Wood (Sandy) and George Wood (Marci) together with four great nephews and one great niece, two great-great nephews and five great-great nieces.
Sincere thanks to Dr. Mike Banwell for the care and guidance he provided over many years and the staff at Lakeview Lodge in West Kelowna for their care and compassion; it is truly appreciated.
A Memorial Service will be held in Kelowna at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, at 1:00 PM Saturday, September 21, 2013.
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The service for BRANDLEY, Irene is scheduled for 1:00 PM Saturday, September 21, 2013. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.