Irene Roney

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

In Celebration of the Life of Irene Roney:

rooneyAnnie Irene Roney (known to most as Irene Roney, Grandma, Nana and Great-Great Grandma) was born on her grandfather’s homestead October 7, 1911 to Evelyn Mae Reekie and Russell Drew Wintamute in Dodge City, Kansas where she graduated in 1929 from Dodge City High School.  After high school, she went to work at Gwinner’s Confectionary and Café.  For the rest of her life, food was her vocation.

On May 18, 1931, she married Dowling Parker Patison and had one daughter.

In 1937, Irene Patison and her daughter moved to Seattle, Washington.  She learned about restaurant management at Washington State University and was a Master Food Preserver.  During WWII, she worked for sorority and fraternity houses on the University of Washington campus.  When school was out for the summer, she cooked for children’s camps and spent summers as a cook for gold mining camps in Alaska.  She ended her working career at the Ben Paris Restaurant in the heart of Seattle.

In 1942, Irene met John Clark Roney and they married in 1950.  They bought their first piece of property in Sequim and made this their home for 60 years.  Irene was a past Honorary Grand Pioneer Queen, president of P.E.O. Chapter F.Y., Matron of Armistice Court Oder of Amaranth, volunteer at the Senior Center, and active in helping organize the Sequim Chamber of Commerce.  She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church.  Irene loved making quilts for the Trinity Quilters, continuing to help others in need her entire life.

Irene was known for her love of cooking.  Feeding all her family and friends is what she lived for.  Her dinners, pies, cookies, cakes, and canned goods were just some of many items that she shared with everyone.  She hoped people would always come hungry and leave full.  She always sent her grandchildren home with their “food survival kit”.

Irene’s family surrounded her with love; Grandchildren, Teri & Jay Engelbrecht; Great Grandchildren, Bradley (BJ) & Kjersti Engelbrecht, Jason Engelbrecht, Katie Engelbrecht, Cristina & Matt Waters and her Great-Great Grandchild, 16 month old, Madisyn Grace Engelbrecht.

In honor of what would have been her 100th birthday on October 7, 2011, we welcome all to celebrate her life, on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave, Sequim from 12:00pm – 1:00pm following the traditional church service at 11:00am.

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