Irene Margaret (Dowd) MacKellar passed away peacefully on July 10, 2008 at the Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 99 years, 6 months and 17 days.Irene was born in Kenora, Ontario on December 24, 1908. She married John Frederick MacKellar on May 16, 1931. They lived in Kenora until 1945 when Fred was transferred to the Fort Frances mill of the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Co. She moved to Kelowna in 1990 to enjoy all the fruit and flowers. Irene was predeceased by her beloved husband on October 31, 1968, by her parents Joanna (1974) and Joseph Richard Dowd (1939) and her brother Lawrence (1968). Irene is survived by her children Elizabeth Betty Julia Sorensen and Peter Richard MacKellar; three grandchildren, Lianne (Sorensen) Kruger, Ian and Allison (MacKellar) Stewart and eight great grandchildren, Rebecca, Jonathan, David, Rachel and Jeanette Kruger, Madison and Callum MacKellar and Tavin Stewart. She earned an Associate Toronto Conservatory of Music (ATCM) degree and shared her talent with many young students of the Fort Frances Retarded School (25 years). She enjoyed accompanying soloists for Royal Conservatory exams and musical festivals, including the local production of Handels Messiah. Irene was a member of the Board of Rainycrest Home for the Aged (8 years) and of the Hospital and Library Boards. She was recognized for her many years of voluntary service to the community as the Lions Club Citizen of the month (1979) and received Certificates of Appreciation from the Rainycrest Board (1980), Fort Frances District Association for the Mentally Retarded (1971) and from the Town of Fort Frances Council (1990). A private graveside service will be held at the Fort Frances, Ontario cemetery at a date to be announced.

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