Irene Elizabeth Hartman (neé Elli) passed March 21, 2015, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. She was 86 years old. At the time of death, she was residing with her daughter in Hendersonville, Tennessee, but had previously lived in Spokane, Washington.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Emil Elli; three brothers, Alfred, Harold, and James; and four sisters, Alice (Walson), Marie, Evelyn (Anderson), and Charlotte. She is survived by her sister Helen (Corne); son, Joseph; daughters, Margaret (Stalker) and Jane; grandsons, Bradley (Leah), David, and Tony Stalker; great-granddaughter, Quinn; and many nieces and nephews.
Irene was born June 11, 1928, in Elk River, Minnesota. Her family later moved to north Idaho settling on a farm near Sandpoint, Idaho. At 14, she left the farm for the big city of Spokane, Washington, and eventually moved to Seattle. She began a career in nursing at King County Hospital and later returned to Spokane, where she received additional nurses training from the Sisters of Providence at Sacred Heart Medical Center. She would spend the next 50 years of her life caring for the sick from maternity to geriatrics. During her last job before retirement, she lovingly cared for the elderly sisters at St. Joseph Convent infirmary, some of whom had been her teachers many years before. Irene loved her family and was devoted to her children and grandchildren. She prayed for them daily until her last days. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, embroidery, NCIS, and ice cream. Blue was her favorite color. She leaves to her family a legacy of quiet faith in God marked by generosity, compassion, perseverance, and service to others. She always said, “pretty is as pretty does,” and by that measure she can be counted as one of the most beautiful women who has ever lived.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 25, at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held one hour before and one hour after Mass. A Rosary will be prayed at 2:30 p.m. Final Committal will be at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Spokane, Washington, on a date to be determined.