Born in Remer, Minnesota on October 20, 1920, Irene would become the oldest of 8 children to hard-working and loving parents. Surviving the Great Depression she decided to serve where she could to help others in need. In 1943, she served her country as a LTJG Navy Nurse and served on Guam and in Naval Hospitals across Southern California. After the war, she returned to Phoenix, Arizona, and continued to serve as a civilian nurse until 1970.
In 1948, she married Robert E. Jameson, the love of her life, and had 3 children. In 1967, she obtained a Masters Degree in Education from Arizona State University and served as an elementary school teacher until her retirement in 1987.
Irene’s love of travel took her around the world for 30 years, from Ireland and Africa to the Caribbean and Greece. She served twice as a church missionary to the Maasai Tribe in Kenya.
Her family has always been her pride and joy and as it grew she settled down back in the states. She was more than happy to be the babysitter to her grandbabies and watch them grow up. She has seen all of her grandchildren graduate from college.
In 2012, she moved to Rochester with her family and continues to live independently. Irene continues to amaze those around her with her quick wit, fierce compassion for others, and a big heart. She continues to stand by the famous words sung by Frank Sinatra, “‘I did it my way’ (and I wouldn’t have it any other way.)”
There is no way to put into words the impact you have made on others’ lives. You have made all of our lives feel complete. You are irreplaceable and we love you more than we can express. We love you! Happy Birthday!
Love, your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters, late sisters, late brothers, and friends.