Irene passed away in Green Valley, Ariz., on July 17, 2013. She was the youngest of four daughters born to Lester and Esta (Roxberry) Gibson in Harrisville, Pa., Jan. 19, 1920. Her full name was Stella Irene, but known to family or friends as “Irene.” She lived in Harrisville on her family’s farm until moving to Green Valley in October 2005.
Irene married Adlour (Al) M. Bilodeau on New Years Day 1942. Happily married 58 years until Al’s passing Aug. 5, 2000. They had a daughter, Joy (Joyce) Meredith of Green Valley, Ariz., and a son, James K. (Jere) Bilodeau of Stillwater; three grandchildren; Michelle (Steven) Bilodeau-Burrows, Eric (Shanna) Bilodeau and Holly (James) Pratt; step-grandchildren James, Mike and Matthew (Angel) Oakes, and Joy-Kaye (Andrew) Blaney. The greatest joy of the last few years was hearing about the lives of her three great-grandchildren and 11 step great-grandchildren.
Taking wonderful care of her husband, children and father filled much of her days. Irene worked at Cooper Bessmer during the WWII years and at the A&P Grocery and Henry’s Market while her children were growing up.
She loved to quilt and was a talented artist. A big garden was always growing under her supervision. Her children remember spending many hours pulling weeds and picking produce that was always shared with friends and neighbors. Irene and Al were pillars of the Harmony United Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. While living in Green Valley she attended Valley Presbyterian Church.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters; Blanche Covert, Bessie Bott and Frances Roberts.
Services will be at Harmony United Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. with interment at Clintonville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her name to Harmony UPC, 234 N. Main, Harrisville, PA, 16038. Special thanks to the caring staff of Canyon Valley Memory Care.