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Official Obituary of

Iris (Spooner) Mullin

March 31, 1922 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old

Iris Mullin Obituary

In loving memory 

Iris was born in Vancouver on the very last day of March 1922. She died in The Views at St. Joseph’s (Providence Living), Comox, on the fifth day of the same month 2024 having almost reached the amazing age of 102.

Iris Spooner was the second child of Robert Spooner and his wife Ellen (“Nell”) and younger sister to Ivy Louise Spooner. The two sisters were close all their lives.

After leaving school, Iris went to work for Marshals, a millinery company which made hats of all sorts for the ladies of Vancouver. Iris loved the work and reveled in being able to make some of the splendid hats of the 1930s.

In 1943, Iris married George Beatty, a member of the Canadian Royal Airforce and began a much more unpredictable life as a military wife. Later, she and George went to live in Nelson as he searched for gold in the Kootenays. George had had a serious motoring accident, so Iris had to take on more and more of the financial responsibilities of the household and often worked several jobs at the same time. For a considerable number of years she worked for the Singer company, not only selling their sewing machines but demonstrating them and teaching sewing classes. She became a very proficient seamstress, and her work was widely admired.

Iris was also an integral part of the Spence Family. She would travel to Banff to visit Ivy and her husband Dave Spence and their children - Nancy, Bob, Doug, Iris, Cameron, and David. These were happy days for all involved.

After George’s death, Iris married Edward Mullin, a widower from England who was also her second cousin, and the pair of them moved to Comox in 1985. They built a house near Kin Beach from scratch and for many years enjoyed growing fruit and vegetables in their extensive garden and fishing from a small aluminum boat. Iris learned to play golf and loved it, becoming a member of Comox Golf Club along with Ted. They also travelled extensively, taking many cruises, and flying to England to see family and friends. Iris became Grandma Iris to Ted’s English grandchildren who loved to stay at their house.

In their mid-eighties, Iris and Ted moved into an apartment in Comox. Iris joined “Curves” along with Ivy and Ivy’s daughter, Nancy (now living with her husband Pat in the Valley). They had some great times!

Ted, the love of Iris’s life, died in 2017. After a short while alone in the apartment, Iris moved into Oceanview at The Views at St. Joseph’s where she was soon joined by Ivy. They shared the same room, so they were able to spend their final months together until Ivy passed late in 2018.

Although Iris never had children of her own, she was a much-loved aunt, cousin, stepmom, grandma, and great grandma to a whole host of “kids” of all ages who reveled in her kindness and hospitality. They will all remember Iris with love and gratitude for all she did for them and the joy she brought to their lives.

In her final years, she was regularly visited by the “three cousins” - Nancy (her niece), Judith (Ted’s daughter and her stepdaughter) and Ellen (Iris’s first cousin but 35 years younger!) and their families together with friend Colleen. Over the first few days of March, the “three cousins” sat with her for many hours as her time on this earth came to an end, giving back to her in a small way the love she had given them so liberally in her younger days.

We would like to express our enormous admiration for Dr. Hunter and all the staff working at The Views at St. Joseph’s. We visited Iris and Ivy there for over six years and time after time returned with stories of the love and compassion shown by staff of all kinds. Iris - and we - were very blessed to be looked after by such people, our very own band of angels.

Nancy Riva, Judith Round and Ellen Granberg.

 

 

 

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