DENISON - Longtime Denison resident, Irene Flaherty, 85, passed away after a lenghthy illness peacefully in her home Saturday, June 28, 2014. Memorial services will be Wednesday, July 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the VFW in Denison at the south side entrance. Come with stories to share.|
Irene has willed her remains to Science and Care medical research. She was born October 11, 1928 to William and Katie Bea Black in Redbranch, Texas which is now under Lake Texoma. She married the love of her life, Glenn Flaherty, February 5th 1948 in Denison and they were married for 58 years.
Irene started her lengthy work career at the age of 14 in Charleston, S.C. at the Helene Curtis Lounge as a hat check girl. She also worked at the Army Airbase in S.C. After she moved back to Denison she worked at Kraft Foods, Eat Well Cafe, 43 Taxi, Tanglewood Hills, Stay Rite Products, KXII T.V., and then landed her dream job at the Denison Herald as their crime beat and feature article reporter and photographer. She won numerous state and national awards for her writing and photography. While working for The Herald, the governor of Texas at the time lent her his helicopter for her own purposes. She retired after 20 years. She then worked driving a van for Rensenberger and McCormick for railroad workers' transportation.
Irene went to highschool in S.C., attended Denison Commercial College and Grayson County College where she was the first person to get a degree attending night school in three years in Business Administration.
She was a member of Texas Press Women's, Toastmistress Club, VFW Auxiliary: American Legion Auxiliary and The Elks. She was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Irene was an accomplished seamstress, carpenter, plumber, photographer, and she and Glenn built the house they resided in almost 60 years ago. She loved playing and coaching softball. She wrote two unpublished books on true crime.
Mrs. Flaherty was preceded in death by her husband Glenn, parents William Black and Katie Short Black Taylor, her sisters, Dicie J. Hill, Billie O. Ball, and brother Tommy J. Black.
She is survived by her sister Gail of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her five daughters Jackie Tracy and husband Buddy, Janice Robertson, Lea Flaherty all of Denison, Wanda Pearson of Sherman, Winona Bishop and husband Paul of Cartwright, Okla.; 11 grandchildren, John Flaherty and Aaron Patterson of Arlington, Texas, Susan Wilson, Natalie Robertson, Melanie Robertson, Bradley Renshaw and Jamie Bishop all of Denison, Eric Pearson of Pottsboro, Heather Pearson, Amanda Parker both of Sherman, Andrea Bishop of Allen, and Trina Cook and husband Russell of Whitesboro; 11 great grandchildren, Brittney Flaherty, Kaitlyn Flaherty, Bailey Wilson, Chester Wilson III, Pressley Wilson, Hunter Anderson, Lilian, Vivian and Autumn Phillips, Charleigh and Zuri Parker, and two more on the way.
We have two 5th generations: Emilee Christiansen and Alexander Flaherty.
Mom was an important part of not only her children's lives but our community. Family was the most important part of her life and she helped everyone she could.
Published in The Herald Democrat on June 29, 2014