Irene Israel was born on February 28, 1923 and died peacefully in her sleep at home in Highland, California and went to be with the Lord at the age of 86 on February 14, 2010. She died at daybreak on a beautiful day with her devoted husband, Kenneth, at her side.
Irene persevered over her cancer illness for three years until her strength gave way. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church where she served and worshipped for over 30 years.
Irene was predeceased by her younger brother, Lee Hoover; her father, James Lester Hoover, and her mother, Bessie Mae (Lepley). Irene was born on the family farm in Blockton, Iowa.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Kenneth (retired air force chaplain/colonel); her five children, James Lee and wife Brenda, Kenneth Ray and wife Annetta, Linda Kay and husband Ron, Cynthia Irene and husband Steve and Donald Bruce and wife Shelly; 11 grandchildren, Karen, Kim, Kenny, Tiffany, Jason, Kristina, Ben, Ryan, Kendra, Jamie and John, and nine great-grandchildren, Henley, Jack, Hudson, Madelyn, Craig, Kyra, Tyler, Kaylee and Luke.
Funeral services were held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 28355 East Baseline, Highland, California, 92346-5008 on February 18, 2010. Irene was interred at the National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests contributions to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, 81 Highlands Springs Ave., Ste. 201, Beaumont, CA 92223 or to Immanuel Baptist Church – Lottie Moon Offering, 28355 Baseline, Highland, CA 92346.
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