Oct. 23, 1926 – July 13, 2012
Memorial services for Erna Irene Spencer were held July 18 at the Shell Community Hall with Pastor Becky Anderson officiating. Irene, 85, passed away Friday, July 13.
The daughter of Art and Erna Dockery Collingwood, Irene was born Oct. 23, 1926, at the family home in Shell. She attended the Whaley Country School in Shell Valley and Greybull High School.
She married Joseph T. Spencer Nov. 5, 1944. The couple moved their young family to Rawlins in 1955 and resided there for 30 years. Irene was employed at Leroy’s Oil Company for 20 years.
Joe and Irene moved back to Shell in 1982 to spend their retirement years. Irene was known as the “Avon Lady” to many in the Shell area. She also served as a bookkeeper for Shell Water Users.
Irene, or “Reenie“ to close friends and family, loved to knit, cross-stitch and garden. She was a member of the Shell Community Church and truly missed her friends when she was no longer able to attend.
Her husband in 1994 and her second son Tom in 1969 preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, Jim and Ron; twin daughters, Jean and June; two brothers, Don Collingwood and Norman Collingwood; two grandsons, J.J. and Tyler Spencer and two great-grandchildren, Cody and Taylor Spencer.
Burial was at Whaley Cemetery. Memorials are being received in Irene’s name at Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the Shell Community Hall and the Whaley Cemetery.