Obituary of Iris Mary Billay
Iris Mary Billay-Klippenstein
April 21, 1941 ~ July 4, 2021
Iris slipped away peacefully surrounded by her family after a short fight from Cancer on July 4th, 2021.
Iris is survived by her husband Alfred (Al); children Joanne and Robert (Debe); grandchildren: Elyse, Mason, Dustin (Chelsey), Denise (Kevin), Danielle; and great-grandchildren: Seth, Hailey, Jesse, Ryan, Luke and Baby Billay that she was excited to meet arriving in August; Alfred’s children: Terrance (Rhona), Jim (Gee), Nelson; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Walter (Effie) Kusznir; sisters-in-law Martha Basaraba and Shirley Kusznir; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Iris was predeceased by her husband Steve; parents Jim and Polly Kusznir; brothers,Steve and Morris.
Iris was born April 21, 1941 in the Foxford area, married Steve in 1958 and farmed in the Meath Park and Henriboug area. In 1986 they moved into Prince Albert and continued farming till 1995.
Mom and Dad travelled to various places and fell in love with Yuma, Arizona where they enjoyed many winters in the sun and away from the cold.
Mom was an avid garage sale lover and she loved to collect and use coupons at the grocery store. Mom was involved in the St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic women’s group for many years.
Mom loved to cook making perogies and her cinnamon buns with her grandchildren. In May, we all were together in Prince Albert and Baba was teaching the grandchildren how to make perogies.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Any activities they would be involved with, Baba would be the biggest cheerer in the crowd.
Mom worked at the PA Tree Nursery for 28 years, when she retired. She then worked at Gray’s Funeral Chapel for many years and enjoyed the staff tremendously
After Dad’s passing in 2005, Mom decided to spend the winters in Yuma once again with many friends. It was there that she met Alfred at a dance, and they became very close and inseparable friends. In 2009 they were married and Mom moved to Altona, Manitoba where Alfred had a home. Mom and Alfred were known by everyone at The Palms In Yuma, Arizona. They enjoyed their time dancing at every dance and enjoying music.
The family would like to thank Dr. Grobler, Dr. Davis, Palliative Care and Home Care staff as well as the nurses on the 5th floor of the Victoria Hospital for being so compassionate during Mom’s illness.
In lieu of other tributes, donations in Iris’ memory may be made to Rose Garden Hospice, 450-1403Central Avenue, Prince Albert, SK S6V 6J4
Private Family Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Gray’s Funeral Chapel, 575 28 Street West, Prince Albert, SK. Services will be live streamed and videotaped. If you wish to view the service, the live stream link is www.grays.ca/memorial-videos/. Interment will follow at Prince Albert Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's Funeral Chapel, (306) 922-4729.