Irene Williams Passes Away at 97

Irene Williams

Irene Helen Williams passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 20, 2021 in Hermiston at the age of 97.

She was born on July 5, 1924 near Jordan, Mont. to John and Lorena Cox.

Irene grew up surrounded by her siblings and treasured her childhood memories. She fondly recalled celebrating the Fourth of July with her family, staying in a dormitory for high school, visiting her grandfather Rudolph who gave her a special doll, and vacationing with her family through Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. Irene was the youngest of seven children; all of her siblings preceded her in death.

In 1946 she married Charles “Chuck” Williams, and together they raised two sons, Dennis “Weeb” and Dean. In 1952 the Williams family moved to Hermiston, where Irene became a member of the First Christian Church and enthusiastically volunteered at Good Shepherd Hospital’s hospital auxiliary. She also worked at the Umatilla Army Depot for 27 years, where she grew many close friendships.

Our mother and grandmother died a loved and important woman, one who will always be known for her exquisitely embellished and personalized Christmas stockings, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and roast beef holiday dinners. She loved and liked us all and we loved and liked her back.

Irene leaves behind two sons, Dennis “Weeb” Williams who lives with his wife Colleen in Echo, and Dean Williams who lives with his wife Barbara in Albany. She also leaves behind two beloved grandchildren and their spouses, K.D. and wife Sheena, and Jason and wife Tatum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Williams and granddaughter, Jodie.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Hermiston Cemetery.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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