(Dec 6, 1937 –
May 31, 2011)
The children of Irene Christie (Plourde) (nee Bertin) are mourning the loss of their beautiful mother who passed away on May 30, 2011 after a brief illness at the Nanaimo General Hospital. She was predeceased by husbands Adrian Plourde and Stan Christie, and her youngest son Richard Plourde. She is survived by her children, Robert Plourde (Judee) and Denice Bigelow (Bob) and her step-children Stephen Christie (Donna), Alistair Christie (Joanne), Kathy Poulet (Pete), and Veronica Fletcher (Scott), and her daughter in law Roxane Plourde. Irene was the proud grandmother of 17 grandchildren and 20 great grand children.
Irene was born in New Brunswick on December 6, 1937, 1 of 9 children. At the age of 19 she flew out to B.C. to visit her sister, Lila Plourde and ultimately ended up staying. She married Adrian and began her family on the Sunshine Coast, eventually moving to Vancouver Island. In 1978, she married her second husband Stan where they began their lives together in Crofton. Through the years they resided in Nakusp, Salmo, New Brunswick and returned back to their former home of Vancouver Island where they settled in Ladysmith in 2001. In Ladysmith, Irene maintained her love for golf. She and her best friend Linda Vermette golfed almost every day of the year at the Ladysmith Golf Club and her course record of 22 holes-in-one reflect on how great a golfer she was. She was part of a wonderful community of golfers who took great care of our mom as she did them.
On Friday, June 3, 2011 there was a Garden Tea Party held at the Ladysmith Eagles Hall in honor of our mom and was attended by her family and friends.
Irene’s family would like to thank the medical staff at the Nanaimo General Hospital for their compassion and professionalism while taking care of our mom, Dr. J. Lisinski from Ladysmith Health Center, the Ladysmith Eagles catering staff for providing such a wonderful Tea, Telford’s Memorial Services for their guidance, and the Ladysmith Golf Course for providing their love, support and friendship, as well as a wonderful playground for our mom.
Our mom will always be remembered by what a kind and gentle soul she was. She was our “borrowed angel” and although she was called home to be with her son, she will forever be in our hearts. We love you mom, rest in peace……….