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Irene Warr
My loving mother passed away on January 30th in Salt Lake City, due to complications stemming from Multiple Myeloma.
Irene Warr, a native of Erda, Tooele County, Utah began her law related career as a legal secretary for the Utah State Tax Commission Inheritance Tax Division on March 1, 1949, after graduating from Tooele High School. She enrolled in Westminster College in 1950, when she also began working in the law office of the late Dan B. Shields. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1954, cum laude in biology, chemistry and pre-med., and then entered the University of Utah College of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1957. Since 1957 she had been engaged in private practice in Salt Lake City.
She had served the Utah State Bar in several capacities, including terms on the Fee Arbitration Committee and Discipline Committee. She maintained membership in the Utah State Bar, Salt Lake County Bar, and the American Bar Association, belonging to several sections. For more than forty-eight years Irene was a member of the National Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy Association, where she had served as Regional Vice President.
Irene had served as a Trustee and President of the Legal Aid Society and as a Trustee and President of the Sarah Daft Home and had been a board member on numerous other community charities and civic organizations. She was a member of the Murray Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Irene was a past state president of the Business and Professional Women of Utah. She founded the nonprofit BPW Utah Foundation and served as its first President. Irene was involved in BPW for more than 50 years.
In 1998 she received the first Distinguished Alumni Award presented by Westminster College of Salt Lake City. She was recognized among the first 100 women admitted to practice law in the State (she was the 38th admittee). She held the oldest active license among Utah's women lawyers. In July of 1999, the Utah State Bar designated Irene the "Distinguished Lawyer of the Year" for the State of Utah. In 2007 she was presented with the Dorathy Merrill Brothers Award For the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.
Irene is survived by her only child Dan B. Busey (Sarah Ann Sherk); grandsons Benjamin Alex and Patrick Ryan, who were the light of her life.
Respecting her wishes, there will be no services. Her family requests that those of you who knew her, celebrate her life and achievements at the time of your choosing and in the manner that we all know she would approve.
Donations can be made in Irene's name to the cancer research .
Online condolences may be offered to her family at www.starksfuneral.com.
*Camp Irene or The Queen of Clean by Ben Busey and Irene Warr 2012*
I was sent to Camp Irene, To live with the Queen of Clean, Every day we looked for dirt, Every day I wore a clean shirt, and I turned sixteen! (That was pretty neat)
In this house you pick up your sox, And anything loose gets put in a box, And the only object at the end of a toss, Is the clothes hamper! This you need to get through your bean, If you are going to live with the Queen of Clean (And I always got plenty to eat)
I wore out my gloves, I got a few loves, But rarely got to sleep in, It was work, work, work, Do not shirk, And in the end you will win!
So sayeth the Queen of Clean: You survived…. You thrived…. And perhaps some day, You'll be able to say, It was quite a stay at Camp Irene

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 3, 2013
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