Irene Alice (Ehresmann) Burnette
August 4, 1939 – September 29, 2019
Irene Burnette passed from this life into the next on Sunday, September 29, at Life Care Center of Sierra Vista, Arizona. She was born on August 4th, 1939 to Henry and Laura (Fry) Ehresmann in Dupree, South Dakota. Irene’s family moved to the Charles Mix county in 1940 where she grew up on the family farm near Delmont. While attending Weber school, she worked on the family farm through her younger years. Irene moved to Washington in her early twenties where she met her husband Willis “a handsome musician”.
On November 4th, 1961, Irene was united in marriage to Willis Earl Burnette in Vancouver, Washington. Irene worked at the Hoquiam Veneer mill (plywood manufacturing industry) for over 20 years. Retiring from mill work, Irene transitioned into elderly home care, earning a “Caregiver of the Year” award. In the fall of 1999, Irene moved from Washington to Arizona to be closer to her family. Irene was an avid knitter, making hats, scarves, and slippers for family members. Her slippers were a prized Christmas gift! She also used these skills with the “Crafty Ladies” to knit blankets for disabled veterans. Irene was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Sierra Vista. She was an active participant in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for many years.
Irene is remembered as a loving sister, mother, grandmother and friend. She was involved in family, church and community events. Irene was a loving, caring, joyful, strong, independent and giving woman. Her friends remember her as a “wonderful person”. She loved to spend time doing things with her family; camping, ride ATVs, fishing, watch movies, shop, and going to dinner. Irene would do anything for you, all you had to ask!
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