At the time of her passing, she was residing with her daughter in Hendersonville, Tennessee, but Spokane had been her home for most of her life.
Irene, born June 11, 1928, in Elk River, Minnesota, is preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Emil Elli; brothers, Alfred, Harold, and James; and sisters, Alice (Walson), Marie, Evelyn (Anderson), and Charlotte.
She is survived by her sister Helen (Corne); son, Joseph; daughters, Margaret (Stalker) and Jane; grandsons, Bradley (Leah), David, and Anthony Stalker; great-granddaughter, Quinn; and many nieces and nephews.
Irene loved her family and was devoted to her children and grandchildren.
She prayed for them daily until her last days.
She enjoyed reading, puzzles, embroidery, NCIS and ice cream.
Blue was her favorite color.
She leaves to her family a legacy of quiet faith in God marked by generosity, compassion, perseverance, and service to others.
She always said, “pretty is as pretty does”, and by that measure she can be counted as one of the most beautiful women who has ever lived.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center Chapel on Saturday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. with a Committal Service and interment at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery to follow.
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