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Irene Snyder May 8, 1920 – March 23, 2012

  A famous writer once said, ‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.’ If that is true, then Irene made a great life. Irene was a most giving person.  

Irene Lois Cover was born on May 8, 1920 in Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was the second child of Daniel Cover and Carrie Snyder.. Her sister, Helen Franck, preceded her in death. After returning from Canada, they came to Iowa and lived in Bedford from 1925 to 1946.

Irene went to Bedford Community school and graduated with her high school diploma and teaching certificate. She taught school for one year and then went to work with her lifelong partner and husband, Jay, in various businesses in Diagonal, Iowa.

Irene and Jay were high school sweethearts and were married on February 18, 1939. Two children were born to this union, Liane Kay and Ronald Jay. Liane married Tom Austin and they reside in Des Moines, Iowa and have three children, Steve, Roni and Chad. Ron married Bille Jean Rusk and they reside in Brooklyn, Iowa and have two children, Dan and Nathan.  Irene enjoyed her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  This year Irene and Jay celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.

Irene was an avid gardener and her greatest love was to cook for her family, as well as, everyone else. There was always an extra chair for anyone at her table.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glint on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there, I do not sleep.

Services were conducted at the United Church of Diagonal on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, with Rev. Gwen Trullinger officiating. Organist was Judy Newton.

Casket bearers  included Dan Snyder, Nate Snyder, Connor J. Snyder, Steve Austin, Chad Austin and Roni Austin.

Honorary pallbearers were Jack Taylor, Jim Taylor and Jay Watson.

A private burial was held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa.

Memorials are to the fire department, community building and Lions Club, all in Diagonal.

Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal.

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