IRWIN, Carol Marie


Carol Irwin, 69, of Edmonton Alberta passed away, July 30th, 2021, with her daughter by her side. She was born to parents Alan & Isabelle Irwin, on March 6th, 1952. Carol Irwin graduated from Austin O’Brien High School. She was lucky to have had a long and rewarding career at Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at the University of Alberta.

Carol is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Mullan (Troy). As well as her mother, Isabelle Irwin and her 5 siblings, Charles, James (Val), Ted, Denise (Norbert) and Chris Irwin. She is also survived by a large extended family and friend group.

Carol lived a life filled with endless wonder and knowledge of the world around her. She spent her entire life as an avid book and movie lover and shared that passion with her family. She loved to entertain and be with friends and family any chance she could. Christmas was the most cherished time of year for her and her sheer enjoyment of it was greatly appreciated by all those around her. Carol made every effort to make it magical for everyone. Carol was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.

In keeping with Carols wishes cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life has been planned for Friday Aug 27th at Woodvale Community League (4540 50 St NW-Millwoods Golf Course) at 1:00pm. Interment will be held privately with the immediate family at a later date.

Serenity Funeral Service- South




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Sara Wipperman

Dear Becky,
I’m so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was an exhuberant and joyful presence in my life during our pre-teen and teen years. Praying for strength for you for each day. After my Dad died 13 years ago, the first months of grief were so terribly hard. It will get better. Not because we ever “get over it” but because we – slowly – get “used to it”. May you feel wrapped in her deep love for you.
Your childhood friend, Sara Wipperman (nee Wittkowski)

Anna Bombak

Carol attended the same high school and later popped up at the same UofA workplace. It was always a delight to chat with her, especially about the many amazing arts and crafts her hands were always creating, spiced with her dry wit. Carol will be much missed by anyone who knew her! She was taken from her family and friends far too soon — sincerest condolences to her family.

Kristine Tonks

I was fortunate to meet Carol through a friend at a reception held by Bruce Peel, just after I moved to Edmonton. She was funny, warm, and instantly made me feel like I belonged. Though I had been apprehensive, it turned into a lovely evening, and much of that was due to Carol’s thoughtfulness. All of my interactions with Carol went much the same every time I had the opportunity to see her again over the next many years. I will never forget her smile or sense of humour or the special way she had of making sure everyone felt included. I know she will be hugely missed by everyone lucky enough to have known her. My deepest condolences to all of Carol’s family and friends.

Barbara Heather

I also met Carol first at an orientation. She talked me patiently through getting lost on the way to Keegano – more than once. She was reticent about her green thumb gardening. I miss her in the flowers she used to welcome spring each year outside her door and will always miss our conversations about history and historical novels – and cats of course. I could not ask for a better neighbour than Carol or her cat Pepper.

Jo-Anne Farley

I first met Carol at a Keegano orientation meeting on November 25th, 2016 which my son and I attended. We were welcomed warmly by this Chair of Membership, a position she served well. I loved her taste in home and yard decor and loved seeing her celebrate each season with flair. She is sorely missed at Keegano. Carol lived a life of service – she gave her time and energy unconditionally to our housing co-op and we hope to create a memorial garden at Keegano to honour her spirit and one that she would be proud to bear her name. A life of service, indeed. A quote from one of her email signatures: “you should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans” sums up her outlook.

Jenni Reiz

Such a joy to have known Carol! She could always make one laugh – will miss her. My sincere condolences to the entire family

Guy Joslin

Carol was one of the first faces anyone new to Keegano saw. It was a great face to be greeted with, smiling, warm, friendly and ready to dispense history and information about the Co-op as well as some fun personal stories.

She gave freely of her time and experience and I think it will take some time for us to realize just how much she did for her community. She will be missed and remembered by many.

Louise and David

Always fun to have at the family gathering. We will miss miss her. Hugs to all the family.

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