Irene Iverson, 96, of Sioux Falls, entered eternal life on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Irene was born in Martin, on December 11, 1920 to John and Angelique Howe. She graduated from St. Mary’s School for Girls in Springfield in 1939. She received a four-year degree in elementary and secondary education from Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield. She taught in the elementary schools of South Dakota for 25 years.
Irene was united in marriage to Laurel A. Iverson of Meckling, S.D. on May 8, 1942, at St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church in Martin.
The greatest joy in her life was being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and homemaker. Her faith was central in her life. Her dedication to prayer was unfailing and inspiring, and it was always offered to those in need. She loved her family deeply, and her faith and family brought her love, comfort and joy all of her life. There was never a day that she did not show or speak of her love for her family.
Her faith was the basis of her life, and her source of strength and guidance. She loved her work in all of the Episcopal churches she attended during her life. She served as a vestry member at Christ Church (Yankton) and the Church of Holy Apostles (Sioux Falls) and was a member of the Society of Mary. She was Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star (Rachel Chapter) and received her 50 year pin.
Irene enjoyed quilt-making, knitting, reading, writing, and conversations with loved ones and cherished friends. Teaching was very close to her heart and she was sincerely interested in every student she had. She was very serious about seeing that her students attained the best basic instruction she could give them in reading, writing, math and character training. She spent much effort in motivation to bring out the best in her students. She served in many organizations and associations related to her teaching career.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Laurel, 3 brothers and 1 sister, and a nephew.
Survivors, blessed to have shared in her life and love, include a son, Ross (Deborah) Iverson, Santa Fe, N.M.; a daughter, Myrna (Gary) Stanley, Sioux Falls; three grandchildren, Audra (Jered) Newell, Alicia (Brian) Iverson-Salazar, and John Stanley; five great-grandchildren, Berkeley, London, and Aubrey Newell, Kaelyn Wheeler, and Jacob Salazar; a sister-in-law and 11 nieces and nephews. Also blessed to have shared her grandmotherly presence include Wendy and Mark VanStormbroek (Sophie, Finn); and Gabriel Kon Machot Lual (Rebecca, Serena). Her life was enriched by her family and friends. Irene was humble and unfailingly kind, her love extended to many, and she was adored by all who knew her.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. A private burial service was held on October 18, 2017 at the Bergen Evergreen Cemetery, rural Meckling.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls; St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church in Martin; Rebuilding South Sudan through Education (RSSE); or a charity of choice.
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