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Irene F. Henderson

August 21, 1940 - August 10, 2019

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Irene Faye Henderson, 78, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Interment and military honors will take place at 1:30 pm on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA.

Irene was born the daughter of Orville and Bessie Heath on August 21, 1940 in Sandpoint, Idaho. She was the 10th of 12 children. She grew up on her parent’s farm in Algoma. Irene attended grade school in the one room school house in Algoma. She then attended Sandpoint Senior High where she graduated. After high school Irene joined the United States Air Force where she received an honorable discharge on November 24, 1961 at Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana.

Irene went to work for Providence Hospital in Wallace, Idaho and later at Providence Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She then was employed as a civilian telephone operator for the United States Coast Guard in Seattle and during her employment there she met her husband of 42 years, Thomas Henderson, who was stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle. Tom and Irene were married on August 16, 1973 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

They moved to Alaska after Tom was stationed there at Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse, Hinchinbrook Island and later Adak Naval Facility on Adak Island. Tom was then transferred to Astoria, Oregon where they lived until Tom’s retirement in 1978.

In 1985, Tom and Irene moved to the Sandpoint area where they bought a farm on Lakeshore Drive. Irene enjoyed working as a volunteer at the Sagle Senior Center and participating in the Red Hat organization.

She is survived by her four sisters, Shirley (Gary) Duke, of Entiat, Washington, Evelyne Anderson, of Clark Fork, Idaho, Edith Stolley, of Moyie Springs, Idaho, Lavina Laverdure, of Algoma, Idaho and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Bessie, husband Tom Henderson, five brothers, Wayne, Allen, Louis, Owen, Emmerson (Tam), three sisters, Dixie Seybold, Opal Byfield, and Elaine.