October 18, 1923 – September 24, 2016
Iris was born in Vancouver and raised on Stuart Island, BC. Predeceased by her brother Stuart Chapman and husband Bill Martin. She married William Martin (Bill) July 23, 1942 in Campbell River and the two of them went fishing on their boat the Tempus Fugit, (Latin words for “time flies”), right after the wedding. A short time later, they sold it and got another bigger boat, the Marjo. They built a house from a bunk house, out of a camp from Phillips Arm and lived in it at Stuart Island for several years, then put it on a float and towed it down to Lund BC, hauling it out of the water on skids onto a lovely waterfront property they purchased there. They built onto it and created the family home. Iris worked alongside Bill through these years in every capacity she could help. They lived in Lund for over 30 years, working, logging, and fishing with another boat, the Stacey Rock. They had happy years in Lund, living and raising their family of 3 children, Gail, Stephen and Rosalie. When the children left home, Iris and Bill moved to Campbell River in 1972. Iris took schooling by correspondence which served her well, giving her a beautiful handwriting, and making her a great speller. She was a huge help to her family in their schooling years because of it. She was a wonderful homemaker, seamstress, cook, baker and gardener. She loved gardening and was able to fulfill her passion for plants, working at the Garden Spot for her friends the Opals, also learning florals and becoming very good at it all, loving every minute of it. Iris really enjoyed living in Campbell River and her friendships. She took up ceramics, liquid embroidery, and bridge. She did volunteer work for the Hospital Auxiliary working at the Thrift Shop, receiving a gold pin for her 25 years of selfless service. Anyone that knew Iris, knew her to be an honest, hardworking woman, with a kind way, who loved and cared for her family and friends. She would always brew a nice pot of tea for visitors with fresh baked goodies and made everyone feel welcome in her gentle, kind and quiet way. Everything Iris did, she did well. She was a good person and a great Mom and Grannie. She passed away peacefully with her family at her side. We take comfort in knowing she is at peace and no longer suffering, as the last few years were not kind to her. She was greatly loved and will be sadly missed by all her family; sisters Grace Whitley, Muriel Krook, daughter Gail Erikson (Steve), son Stephen Martin (Elsa), daughter Rosalie Larson (Bob Lawrie), grandchildren Janine Erikson (Chad), Marcia Harrison (George), Kevin Erikson (Vicky), Stacey Larson (Michael Stricker), Haley Larson, Crystal Martin, Richard Martin, Michael Martin (Candace), great-grandchildren Megan Chamberlin (James), Calvin Chamberlin (Alana), Emily Harrison, Liam Harrison, Dylon Erikson, Justin Erikson, Nathaniel Martin, Torin Stricker, great-great granddaughter Hayden Sharpe, and many nieces and nephews. There will not be a service, but a small family gathering will be held at a later date. Although Iris loved flowers, we gratefully decline them. Donations to the Campbell River Hospital in her memory is appreciated. Thank you to Dr. Arnold and Dr. McFadden for their many years of care for Iris. There is a quote: “We are born, we die and in between we garden.” Iris, our beautiful Mother, Mom, did that and so much more!