Irene Boyer(Young)was my beloved teacher in 3rd grade,1959-60, at Russellville Elementary. My mom used to say Russellville had the largest number of students under one roof in the state of Oregon. I spent first through eight running those halls.
I remember Irene ran a strict classroom but was always free with loving and hugs. She made each of us feel special. Not believing in coloring book type pages, she thought we should draw our own pictures as our own were far better. My mom saved papers from my earlier years of school and I still have papers from her classroom.
A few years later she took over my brother's 7th or 8th grade math class.
On a few occasions my mom took me to her house off Glisan Street. No idea why. Maybe mom and Irene connected on WWII as my mom was also in the army but as a nurse. She also knew my Aunt Ruby(gone 20 yrs now) maybe from the Elks/Hummers. When my Aunt was alive and after I would talk to Irene on the phone and tell her about mom and family.
I remember the collies
that she so loved. Since I was still little I thought the dogs were huge.
At DDHS 40th reunion, 2009, some of us were talking about our Russellville teachers. Irene Boyer was mentioned. Some of my classmates had stayed in contact with her and she was still making an impact on their lives.
Yep, most of us have or are turning 63 this year.
Irene LOVED children and helped raise 7 adding the 5 after she married widowed Jack Young, a science(?) teacher at Russellville. She so loved all her children.
She was blessed as were all her students and family for having her in their lives.
I became an elementary teacher.
I would love to know her remedy for arthritis.
Love to all May 22nd.