As a young girl she moved to Spokane and married Lyle Emch on May 10, 1953.
Together, they raised seven children in Chattaroy, WA.
Irene is preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her parents; her sisters: Georgiann and Joan; and brother, Jim.
She is survived by her children: Blake, Scott, Bradley, Nick, Lyle, Laurel and Sandra; 19 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren with the ninth due later this year.
She is also survived by her sister and best friend, Martha Tomson; brother, Art; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the VA Hospital Hospice Care Center or a charity of your choice.
Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 30th at 1:00 at Holy Cross Cemetery.