Irene Agnes Jacobson Chevalier

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Irene Agnes "Jake" Jacobson Chevalier died at Regional Medical Center of Anniston on Friday, March 25, 2016. Born in 1932 in Pidgeon Falls, Wisconsin, she grew up on a farm as the fourth of eight children of Agnes Catherine Thompson and Hansel Jacobson. After high school, she joined the Women's Army Corps and served during the Korean War. In December 1953, she married MSGT Leo Norbert Chevalier. During their marriage, they lived and traveled throughout the US and Europe. They had eight daughters and a son. When Leo retired from the Army, he and Irene remained in Jacksonville, Alabama. She is known for her volunteer work in the community, including work at Second-Hand Tails, a thrift store supporting the local humane society. Irene is remembered for her trail-blazing spirit, her passionate belief in women's rights, her desire to continue learning, a love of art, being informed about the world, an avid reader, and one of the few who dare to do her daily crossword puzzle in ink. She was called by her close friends at her church "The Last of the Great American Pioneer Woman." Irene is survived by eight children, Theresa Dykton, Lizette Chevalier, Suzanne Chevalier, Kathleen Waelti, Maria Chevalier, April Barnhart, John Chevalier, Danielle Prescott and their families; her 12 grandchildren, Lauren, Kristin, Jennifer, Caroline, Timothy, Sarah, Adrienne, Benjamin, Rosa, Murphi, Isabella and Tessa; her two great-grandchildren, Jasper and Harper; and her dog Paris. She is survived by her siblings, Marjorie, Robert, Elizabeth, Roger and Shirley. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leo N. Chevalier; her daughter, Caroline Chevalier; and her siblings, Jeannette and Richard. Irene was beloved and left an incredible legacy. She will never be forgotten. Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made, in memory of Irene Chevalier, to the Calhoun County Humane Society, 1201 Parkwood Drive, Anniston, AL 36201. Per Irene's request her memorial service will be held in Arlington National Cemetery later this year, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband and daughter. Online condolences to the family at K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory
322 Nisbet Street NW
Jacksonville, AL 36265
(256) 435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 30, 2016
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