(nee Barrett)
Ruby Irene Hooper (nee Barrett) of Orillia, Ontario, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at the age of 73. Irene’s easy smile and unique sense of humour brought joy to all who knew her. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Jacqueline, daughter Jennifer and her partner Jerome, her son Garrison and his wife Maria, as well as her grandchildren Jack, Ethan, Rowan, Ryan, and Tanner. Predeceased by her father Jack Barrett, mother Jessie Barrett (nee Hammond), and her brothers Elgin and Douglas. Her extended family and many friends, including sisters Ilda, Ruth, Pat, Grace, and their respective spouses and children, will fondly remember her smile and warmth. Irene loved music and singing and spent many years expressing this love as a member of a local Orillia women’s barbershop group. Her family would like to thank everyone for the care she received over the years from everyone, and especially the kindness of the healthcare heroes at Solider’s Memorial Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, and Victoria Village Manor, who helped make her last days more comfortable. There will be no service at this time. Any expressions of sympathy can be made in her name to the MS Society, whose support along the way has been invaluable. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Dignified Funeral Alternatives, Barrie, Ontario, 888-322-7222.
‘If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.’
~Emily Dickinson~