Born 4-2-1911 -- Died 1-20-2004
Irene Pearl Wales, 93, of Koshkonong, Mo., was born April 10, 1910, in Oregon County, Mo., and died Jan. 22, 2004, at Shady Oaks Healthcare in Thayer, Mo.
She taught in the Kings Point, Bonds and Koshkonong schools until she moved to California in 1952, where she taught for 20 years, working with handicapped children. In 1973, she returned to Missouri with her husband, where she enjoyed gardening, cooking and quilting. Irene was saved at an early age and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Thayer, Mo.
Survivors include a son, Jasper Leon Wales and wife, Rosalie, of Koshkonong, Mo.; a grandson, Corey Frank Wales and wife, Shelley, of Raytown, Mo.
Preceding her in death was her parents -- Jasper Eli Grooms and Fatie Ophelia Standley-Grooms, her husband of 73 years, Alvin Wales; two sisters -- Aucydine Childers and Lucu Leu; six brothers -- William , Floyd, Sam, Leo, Ralph and George Grooms and two infant twins.
The funeral was Jan. 24 at Clary Chapel with Bill Banks officiating. Interment was in Shiloh Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Mammoth Spring, Ark.
Pallbearers were Tom Cates, James Martin, Bill Franz, Donnie Perkins, Jerry Strain and Doyle Johnson.