Irene was very personable and volunteered at St. Francis Hospital, often working in the lobby area. She enjoyed arts and crafts, making a quilt for each family member. She played the mandolin and enjoyed bluegrass music while camping with friends.
Loving survivors include her husband of 14 years, Donald of Millersville; three children, Roxann (Patrick) Finnagan of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Donna (Scott) Whitsel of Millersville and Terry (Sherry) Gamble of Williston, Florida; four grandchildren, Jessica Stahlnaker, Damien Davis, Royce Gamble, and Korie Gamble; and two great-granddaughters, Charlie Kay and Piper Grace
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Leon Bowers and Jerry Bowers.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson with an Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time, Friday, January 27, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Millersville. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Nathan Eikenberry officiating. Interment will follow in Old Salem Cemetery near Millersville.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Old Salem Cemetery.