Irene Ramsey passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 27, 2021. She had been visited the previous day by her family members.
Irene was born on May 24, 1922 in Charlotteville, ON. In 1935 at the height of the Depression her father, a commercial artist, drove his family to Vancouver, BC for a new job.
Irene graduated from “John Oliver High School” in 1939 with honours after skipping a grade. She enrolled in Business School in Vancouver and went on to work for several companies such as Western Wholesale Drugs, Shell Canada and Northwood Forest Products.
After the War she married Arnold Bellamy and had two children; Lynda Stephen and Allan Bellamy. In early 1960 she separated from her first marriage, divorcing in 1965.
She had met her second husband, Gordon Ramsey and was married in 1970. Gordon had a large orchard in Keremeos and was very active in mining. She used her business skills both with the orchard and the mining ventures of Gordon, not to mention working with him on the orchard.
They did many trips together to Mexico, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. Irene had an extremely interesting life especially with the love of her life, Gordon.
Besides her two children, she is survived by her three grandsons, Michael Mill, Brad (Melanie) Bellamy and Derek (Chelsea) Bellamy; six grandchildren, Michael Jr., Landon, Mataya, Cole, Devon and Lila. She will be missed by all.
She is predeceased by Gordon in 1996 and her two brothers, Francis in 1940 and Richard in 1949.
Irene’s family wishes to extend their thanks to the personnel at Dr. Andrew Pavillion who gave her special attention and care.
The family will be having a private service at a later date.