Obituary of Irene Hunt
May Irene (Humphrey) Hunt
On Friday August 27, Irene, in her 104th year, passed away leaving her family and many friends truly blessed to have had the good fortune to be mothered by, cared for by, educated by, mentored by, supported by, enriched by and befriended by Irene. Irene and Sterling were married for sixty-two years and were very successful dairy farmers for over fifty years in the Troy-Lynden area, earning a Holstein Master Breeders Shield as well as many field crop awards. She is survived by her children Eleanor (Neil) Fair, Norma (Bob) Brooks, Murray (Karen Heatherington), Louise Bray and Verna, twelve grandchildren and spouses, twenty-two great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew. She is predeceased by her parents Allen and Eva, husband Sterling, her siblings, son-in-law Ralph and great-grandson Hunter.
Irene was an outstanding community volunteer and leader at Lynden United Church, Rockton Fair, Troy-Lynden Women’s Institute, 4H Homemaking Leader and Lynden Horticulture. Irene received many awards including Service Diploma, Citizen of the Year, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to her community. The medal she proudly wore to every Canada Day Parade in both Troy and Lynden. Irene created and sewed hundreds of quilts and family, neighbours, newborns and children gone off to college have been kept warm by her quilts.
Irene and Sterling’s home and farm hosted many local events and visitors from as far away as New Zealand. Irene and Sterling travelled widely, primarily to Europe and Oceana.
Irene enjoyed a good game of euchre and other table games, reading newspapers, books and magazines and visiting and sharing with people. Since selling her home six years ago, Irene has received loving care and lived with daughter Eleanor and at Tranquility Place.
In keeping with pandemic regulations, a private family celebration of life and funeral service will be held. Covid restrictions requires that those in attendance must wear masks and practice social distancing. Memorial donations, in Irene’s name, may be made to The Ontario 4-H Foundation, 111 Main Street N., Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road North, Brantford (519) 758-1553. Condolences and memories may be received by the family at www.mccleisterfuneralhome.ca