Irene V. Bones

Irene V. Bones, peacefully went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at the Cheyenne Mountain Care Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born on December 4, 1921 in Russett, West Virginia, the oldest daughter of Robert Boone and Myrtle Mace Boone. Irene was preceded in death by husbands, Donald P. Lewis and John Bones. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Pauline and Jean. She is survived by brothers, Donald Boone and Allen Boone (Donna), Ohio; 3 sons, Robert (Maude) Boone, Ohio, David (Lynn) Bones, Delaware, and Tom Bones, California; step-daughter, Peggy Lewis, Florida; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Irene is also survived by her loving and caring friends of twenty-seven years from Colorado Springs, Pat and Armond Pietrosanti, Rosi Johnston, Sherry Hall, Trudy and John Christiania and Barbara Palmer who will greatly miss her and all their adventures. She also expresses sincere gratitude to the Cheyenne Mountain Care Center and all the staff who so lovingly cared for her. Irene led an interesting and colorful life...she was the youngest person ever hired as a trolley car motorman at Pittsburgh Railways in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her trolley car driving days in 1940 by driving the Presidential Conference Committee Car, during World War II. This began her lifelong love for trolley cars. She continued her interest for driving these cars throughout her life and in 1955, rediscovered her lifelong interest of trolley cars through her collaboration and volunteerism with the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Museum in 1995. Irene then became the world's oldest female to be a motorman on the PCC when she was certified to drive the PCC at the trolley museum. The museum nicknamed the car "Irene" in her honor. She was also instrumental in beginning a beautiful flower garden at the museum. Upon marrying John Bones in 1983, she moved to Colorado Springs to enjoy her retirement and travel. Both she and John had a love for trains and every summer they traveled by train as often as they could. They loved to take impromptu trips with friends into the beautiful mountains surrounding Colorado Springs and throughout the states. In addition to her work at the Trolley museum, Irene loved to volunteer at the food bank and the Fort Carson Thrift Shop. She also enjoyed quilting and needlework and her beloved pets. A memorial service will be held at the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Museum in the Rose Garden at a later date yet to be announced. Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Pike's Peak Historical Street Railway Museum.

Published in The Gazette from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3, 2013