Irene was born in Powell on Dec. 31, 1922, to George and Norma Dover. Shortly after she was born, the family moved to Lovell, where her parents owned and operated the Lovell Laundry.
Irene was raised in Lovell. After graduating from Lovell High School she attended Brigham Young University.
Irene married Cal S. Taggart, of Cowley, on Oct. 17, 1945, in Salt Lake City.
Soon after they were married, they moved to Norfolk, Va., where Cal was stationed in the Navy after World War II.
From there, they lived in Provo, Utah, where she continued her education while Cal completed his. The remainder of their married life they lived in Lovell, where Irene worked as a legal secretary in the offices of Bowman and Bowman before having children.
The love of her life was Cal and she was happiest being at home with her family. She was a graceful entertainer, spent many hours working in her garden, and was an amazing cookie and candy maker.
Because of her love and support, Cal accomplished many things for the community of Lovell and the state of Wyoming.
They loved to dance together, golf together and for many years golf was Irene’s passion. In the last years of their life together, Cal and Irene generously took their family on many wonderful trips.
In their later years Cal and Irene enjoyed time in Sun City West, Ariz., where they had a home. After Cal’s death, Irene moved to Cody to be closer to her daughter, Dana, and her family.
Irene was preceded in death by an infant son, Mark Dover Taggart; her husband Cal S. Taggart; and three brothers Jack, George and Duke Dover.
She is survived by her son Todd (Mary) of Healdsburg, Calif. and their children, Grant, Paige and Ian (Amy); and her daughter Dana (Steve) Cranfill and their children, Meghan Cranfill and Laura (Todd) Jackson. She also is survived by her great-grandchildren Macey Cranfill and Averi and Isaac Jackson, all of Cody; brother Don (Marilyn) Dover of Lovell; sister Mary Jean Hemstreet of McMinnville, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Taggart of Cody and Kay Booth of Provo. She also had numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Cody Wyoming LDS Stake Center at 11 a.m. A luncheon will immediately follow the funeral service. Burial will take place at the Cowley cemetery at 3 p.m.
An online memorial is available at www.ballardfh.com.