She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Ashley, N.D. to John and Dorothy Ley. She was one of eight children along with sisters Esther and Inez and brothers Bill, Clarence, Floyd, Ted and Henry.
Irene married the love of her life, Rudolph R. Ley, on Jan. 14, 1942. They were married for 64 years. To this union were born Sharon Sammons of Lovell and a very special daughter, Kathryn.
Irene was thankful for her family, plus the added bonus of grandchildren Ty Sammons of Byron, Kyle Sammons of Rock Springs and Keri Sammons of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The highlight of Irene’s life was living long enough to see her great-granddaughter, Gentry Sammons, arrive in July of 2008.
Irene was a loving, caring and nurturing woman and will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her own children, she helped raise nieces, nephews and anyone who needed a home, whether it was short-term or longer. She was there to help out in a time of need. She took care of Kathryn for 50 years.
She loved to cook and feed everyone. She always had a beautiful garden and canned her produce and delivered eggs for years.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her daughter, Kathryn; her parents, John and Dorothy; sister, Esther; and all her brothers.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lovell. Haskell Funeral Home is in charge.