Irene Mae Nyquist

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Irene Mae Nyquist of Thornton, Colo. and formerly of Midland, passed away Aug. 6, 2014. Irene was born Feb. 18, 1931 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Leo Wilfred Cote and Susan (Cox) Cote. She grew up in Jackson Heights, N.Y., and graduated as the valedictorian from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn. Irene earned a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from St. John's University in Brooklyn, an M.S. Degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. Degree in Mathematics from Central Michigan University. She also received a Fulbright Scholarship and spent the 1953-54 academic year at Reading University in England.

Irene worked at The Dow Chemical Co. for 25 years, starting as a chemist in the Spectroscopy Lab where she met her husband, Dick, and finishing as a Senior Patent Agent in the Patent Department.

She enjoyed reading about history and current events, and traveling to most of the European countries with her husband Dick.

She married Richard A. Nyquist Jan. 28, 1956. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her four children, Richard Harry Nyquist of Boulder, Colo., Jean Susan Nyquist (James C. Hansen) of Denver, Colo., Kathryn Ann Nyquist of Thornton, Colo. and Robert Allen (Lisa) Nyquist of San Antonio, Texas; and two grandchildren, Benjamin Allen Nyquist and Hannah Dee Nyquist. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth (William) Manyin of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Please send contributions in Irene's memory to the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network: Midland County EFPN, P.O. Box 2521, Midland, Mich., 48641, or a .

Published in Midland Daily News on Aug. 15, 2014
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