Posted: September 23rd, 2021

July 1, 1924 ~ September 13, 2021



Mrs. Irene Amelia Hayward, beloved wife of the late Mr. Norman Hayward, passed away peacefully at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the age of 97 years. Irene leaves to cherish her memory: three children, Vernon (Carol) Hayward, Gloria (Doug) Van Riper and Sharon Hayward (Graham Wilson); six grandchildren, Kevin (Pam) Hayward, Kenny (Kendra) Hayward, Bradley (Jenny) Hayward, Lona Meier, Lori (Gareth) Barnes and Melissa (Stephen) Miller; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Olive Herman as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extend family. Along with her husband, Irene was predeceased by her brothers, David, Robert and Lawrence Herman. Irene was born on the family farm at Eagle Butte on July 1, 1924, to proud parents, Edward and Amelia Herman (nee Rath). She met Norman, an Airforce Pilot from Britain, and they were later married on July 29, 1944. Shortly after their marriage, Irene worked for Medalta Potteries for a period time before moving on to waitressing at Kresges where she made numerous life-long friendships. Irene and Norm travelled extensively together throughout the years, including trips to Britain, Mexico, Hawaii and Italy (just to name a few). After Norm’s passing, Irene joined the Veiner Centre where she enjoyed dancing and playing cards as much as 5 days a week! Her greatest joy in life came from time spent with her children and grandchildren and she enjoyed sharing her great sense of humour with them. A Private gathering of family in celebration of Irene’s life will be held at Hillside Cemetery on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting If friends so desire, donations in memory of Irene may be made towards 5 East at the Medicine Hat Hospital or the Medicine Hat Cancer Clinic. Donations should be made payable to the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 – 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Honoured to serve the family is



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