Iretha B. (Luther) Golden|
December 16, 1925- December 13, 2013
Resident of Concord for 59 years
Iretha passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness. Born in Granger, Washington she was the last of nine children born to John and Elsie Luther and the final one of her family to leave this earth.
Iretha graduated from Hayward Union High School in 1944 and was married to her husband of 43 years, Frederick Golden on October 19, 1946 until his demise in 1989. She is survived by her son Neal Golden; daughter Terri (Golden) Courtney; son-in-law Breton Courtney and granddaughter Danielle Golden.
Generous of spirit and her many talents, Iretha readily volunteered her time to teaching for the 4-H, delivering Meals on Wheels, encouraging the love of reading to pre-schoolers, greeting newcomers to the Concord Senior Center and baking goods for every fundraiser that needed an assist. Popular with her children's friends, she made sure no one ever left her home hungry or without some life advice. She could sew and knit anything, cook everything and fix most things through sheer creative ingenuity. Iretha tried her hand at making pottery , wine, ,jewelry and couture clothing design. Even her beloved dogs were kept cozy in handmade sweaters.
Iretha traveled the world while she was still sturdy enough to walk hills and ride elephants but found the most joy in the garden which she designed to look like her favorite place: the desert in spring. The garden will miss that green thumbed lady, but Iretha's friends and family will miss the contagious spirit she gave to all she met and shared to the very end of her days.
Services will be private. Donations can be made to the Concord Library, The Concord Senior Center or any organization that helps homeless animals.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Dec. 22, 2013