Irene Kary

Irene Kary passed away peacefully in Prince George on December 30th, 2012 at the age of 86, surrounded by her family.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Harold in 2005, and leaves her children to cherish her memory; Sandy (Boyd) Estby, Doug and Jeanette Kary, grandson Blaine and many nieces and nephews.

Irene spent her early years in the Handhills of Alberta. When she and Dad were married, he worked as a Telegrapher/Station Agent for CN and his job required many moves to different locales. In 1959, CN transferred them to Smithers. They fell in love with the Bulkley Valley and hoped to return. Although they were transferred back to Alberta, they returned to camp, fish and plan for retirement. In 1980, Dad retired and they built their dream home here.

She and Dad loved to create together – homes, gardens, campers and crafts. Her passion for landscaping was admired by those who visited her gardens. She would often say, “Your father and I spent our entire lifetime turning rock piles into gardens.” She was a gracious and accomplished lady, who enjoyed needlework, knitting, pottery, cake decorating, flower arranging, music and choir. A keen interest in writing led to poems, stories, family histories and picture albums, which her children will treasure.

When she moved to the Meadows in 2008, she enjoyed her new circle of companions. We are so appreciative of the excellent care provided by the Meadows staff, Home Support and Northern Health at all levels.

Thanks to all for sharing your memories with us. As per her request, there will be no formal service.


Your condolences will be approved within one business day. You will need a valid Facebook account. Please email us if you have any questions.