Irene M. Randle

November 28, 1931 - November 28, 2021
December 6, 2021 17 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Irene Randle (nee Larson) on her 90th birthday, November 28, 2021. Irene was surrounded by family as she passed away peacefully in Stony Plain, Alberta.

Irene is remembered with love by her; Children; Diane Randle, Terri-Lee Randle, Kim (Mike) Emblau, Ward Randle, Tracie (Graham) Wallace, and Curtis (Melinda) Randle, and her former daughter-in-law, Lesa Robinson. Grandchildren; Candace, Jesse, Katie, Robert, Chelsey, Brandy, Tanya, Tabitha, Nicole, Alicia, Ashley, Jamie, and Hayley. Great grandchildren; Serena, Sage, Jace, Damien, Cain, River, Skylar, Rayne, Forest, Drustin, Samantha, Lawrence (L.J.), Maverick, and Gabriel. She is also survived by her brother Glen Larson, brother-in-law Norman Ford, sister-in-law Ardis Larson, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and her best friend since childhood, Dicksie Helm.

Irene was predeceased by her former spouse (and eternal friend) John Randle, her parents Maxine and Louis Larson, and her siblings; Ronnie Larson, Clara-Lou Lukens, Laverne Ford, Charles (Tuffy) Larson, and Wayne Larson.

Born in Manville, Alberta, Irene grew up on a farm near Irma, Alberta and still has many friends and relatives in the Irma area. While growing up, her family was deeply involved with music. At a young age she taught herself piano and as a teenager she became part of a dance band which included several of her family members. She bounced on those piano keys many a night, playing everything from waltzes to polkas to ragtime. A very gifted piano player she continued to entertain others throughout her life. The farm was also where Irene’s deep love of horses and animals was born. She experienced many of the adventures that came with farm life, including riding a horse several miles to school, the beginnings of her lifetime rapport with horses.

Irene married John Randle in 1955 and they eventually settled in Canmore, Alberta, where they established a trucking business and raised their six children. Although a busy lady with six children and a business to run, she still found time to play piano in a dance band on the weekends. As well, she became part of the art community, taking courses at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Producing numerous paintings treasured by friends and family, she also received recognition for her work when one of her paintings was chosen to hang for an exhibit at the U of A.

Her children fondly remember a rich life full of music, art, horses, nature, and community. Irene was a ‘mother’ to many beyond her own children, and her home and car were often filled with her kids and their friends. She often took the children on drives up into the mountains above Canmore, where she would let the kids explore nature while she sketched and painted.

Irene was a free spirit who took on many roles in her life including mother, artist, professional musician, and as well that of being the Trail Master at the Rafter 6 Guest Ranch in Kananaskis. Managing the horses and stable staff there, she led many an awestruck tourist on trail rides through the mountains.

Upon retirement, Irene divided her time between Canmore, Strathmore, and the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain areas. Eventually, she permanently settled in the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain area to be close to where most of her children and their families lived.

We shall miss her zestful presence and are happy she is free to continue her journey.

There will not be a formal service for Irene as her wishes were to have her ashes scattered in the mountains in Canmore and the family will be doing this in the spring. If so desired, donations in Irene’s memory can be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

  1. Mom was an adventurous soul. One of my favourite memories of her is driving carloads of kids up into the mountains in an enormous finned ‘58 Oldsmobile where we would explore and she would sketch.

    Kananaskis was not developed then and we were often on dirt roads that were nothing more than two tire tracks through the woods.

    On one trip I had to walk ahead of the car on a rickety wooden bridge and point which way she should turn the wheels to avoid the holes in the bridge LOL

    Mom cared about injustice in the world and she explained to me the meaning of Picasso’s antiwar painting Guernica, showing me parts of the painting and what they represented. I was 13 LOL.

    She also told me about supporting kids who were bullied at her school. Usually because of their ethnic background. I was really proud of that.

    She was interested in the world. She was inquisitive, a lifelong learner, always seeking.

    She was a kind soul and when I went to one of her AA birthdays in Canmore multiple people spoke up to thank her for being the first person who spoke to them at their first meeting, making them feel welcome and safe. Again, I felt so very proud of her in that moment.

    She may be gone from us but she will never be forgotten. And Alzheimer’s may have taken part of her before she left us but she still had the occasional twinkle in her eye and loud laugh when watching YouTube videos with me at the care home.

    We watched funny kid videos and animal videos. Her speech was confused but once in a while she spoke a clear sentence.

    My favourite moment with her was watching a video of a little girl kick at a chicken and then run shrieking all across the farm yard while that chicken chased her. Mom laughed and said, “serves her right.”

    I will miss visiting her. She was still Mom.

  2. Love you Nana. I know you are at peace now. ❤️

  3. Irene &I spent many hours, days, months and years together. She was my friend, mentor, confidant and one of the funniest people I’ve ever known……we spent more time laughing and figuring out where to go next. She was a very active friend of Bill W., and helped more people than I can name. We went to meetings and Roundups together, andshe lit up the room wherever she went….people always were glad to see me when I was with her. She always said “suit up, show up, do what’s in front of you, and God will look after the rest. My children saw her as an angel, with patience and interesting things to do together….painting, making cinnamon buns, and just hanging out. Whenever sh showed up, we all breathed a sigh, knowing things would be OK….. Irene was here. I miss her, when I saw her in 2017, she didn’t know me, so my mourning began then. I thank God every day that I had her in my life since 1974….her own family was her pride and she loved them…..she was a people person whose love and influence touched all parts of Alberta and BC. Rest in peace my beloved friend, and play the heck out of that heavenly piano…dancing if any are so inclined. My love and prayers for all who knew and loved her.

    • Jackie thanks so much for your kind words. We all had some times together, didn’t we? Mom would love what you wrote. Hope you and yours are well.❤️

    • Thanks for the lovely tribute Jackie.

  4. I miss you Grandma and am very thankful for the time we had 💔 Grandpa was welcoming you with open arms ❤️

  5. Auntie Irene was a beautiful soul whose passion for an adventure filled life touched people wherever she traveled. She shared her many talents & knowledge with all ages. Her beautiful smile & fun-loving nature lifted spirits & she will be missed greatly by all who were blessed to know her.

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    M so glad your memories of Irene are so special for you. Her spirit will live on in you forever, Tanya. So sorry for your loss. ❤💜🧡💜❤

  7. Randle family so sorry for your loss, your Mom was so talented especially with music playing the piano.. As a first cousin she would stop by my parents place Haakon and Vera and of course we had a piano and my Dad played violin the old time waltzes would start to flow. I will cherish those memories forever.

    • Thank you so much, Dale, Mom spoke so highly of your parents and Haakon’s violin skills. What a wonderful time with all of that music.we will all cherish our memories of Mom.

  8. She began her journey on Nov 28th, 1931 and 90 years later on Nov 28th, 2021 she began her new journey.

    Mom,
    You lived a full and rich life and shared your loving and joyful spirit with so many people, your presence will undoubtedly be missed.

    My heart is so heavy, yet I am also so relieved that you are no longer suffering.

    “ Sail on silver girl
    Sail on by
    Your time has come to shine
    All your dreams are on their way “

    (Simon & Garfunkel)

    Love you Mom,
    Forever in my heart ❤️❤️❤️

    • Thanks, Terri-Lee…beautiful.

  9. My heart is so broken that I couldn’t be with you as you transitioned to your next life.
    I loved having you live here with Graham, Gino and I.
    I’m sure Gino took his place on your lap when you got to heaven. I’m sure you were welcomed by so many before you.
    You gave me so many important gifts – art, horses, musicality and the positive attitude of willing to try anything. I love you and I miss you. Until we see each again.

    • Aww, that’s beautiful, Tracie.

  10. I found several copies of this is some of mom’s belongings here. I know she’d want to share it with everyone.

    To Those I Love
    To those I love and those who loved me
    When I am gone, release me and let me go
    I have so many things to see and do
    You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears
    Be happy we had so many years
    I gave you love, you can only guess
    How much you gave me in happiness
    Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near
    And if you listen with your heart you’ll hear
    All my love around you soft and clear
    And then when you must come this way alone
    I’ll greet you with a smile and say “Welcome home!”

    • Awww, thanks for sharing that, sis.

    • Thank you Tracie for sharing that. I can see why mom saved it as it truly reflects her spirit and her beliefs. I too love the words and underlying thoughts.

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