Irene Alma Dodson, 96, of Cecilia, passed away Friday, May 19, 2023, at her home with her son, Wayne, and daughter-in-law by her side.
Irene was born March 17, 1927, in Rineyville. She was the daughter of Henry and Lona McCoy Daugherty. She was a past member of Pleasant View Methodist Church, but presently a member of College Heights Church. Irene was primarily a housewife, mother and grandmother.
She was homeschooled by her mother and was proud of the fact she was able to attend her senior year at the same level as her peers and graduate from Howevalley School. It was at Howevalley School she met her first husband, Joe. Irene was a lady of faith and demonstrated this daily in her life.
Her past work history included selling Avon and Raleigh products, cleaning for Swope Motors, mail carrying at Rineyville Post Office, house parenting at Glendale Children’s Home and was a seamstress at Elizabethtown Laundry. She was the owner of Thimble Sewing Center.
Irene enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, quilting, sewing, crocheting, playing the piano and being a member of the choir at College Heights Church. Irene and Floyd enjoyed spending most of their time fishing at Nolin River, Dale Hollow Lake. Irene was active in community services her entire life, especially those involving the Cecilia community.
Irene was a lifetime member of the General Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Irene served several years as secretary of the Cecilia Ruritan Organization. One of her biggest pleasures was writing the Cecilia news for The News-Enterprise. Since the death of her husband, Floyd, the last two years were increasingly difficult for Irene but because of the loving care provided by her son and daughter-in-law, Irene was able to remain at home.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband of 29 years, Joseph Barnes, the father of her children; her second husband of 30 years, Floyd Dodson; and a son, James Barnes.
Survivors include her son, Wayne and Marcia; two grandchildren, Brock (Ashley) and Emily (Tara); three great-grandchildren, Brody, Blake and Ellis; and several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.
The funeral is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with the Rev. Don Cox officiating.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday and continues until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association or the College Heights Church.
Published by The News-Enterprise from May 22 to May 25, 2023.