Irene Helton Colvin

COLVIN, IRENE HELTON, passed away June 11, 2013, following a short illness.

She was born September 8, 1925, in Gordon, KY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Helton and Cora Fields Helton, and by her first husband, Elmer C. Wilson. Irene is survived by her husband, John H. Colvin, Sr., and by a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Irene was a school teacher in Letcher County, KY, prior to moving to Louisville, where she worked at American Tobacco Company and Reynolds Aluminum. Mrs. Colvin was an avid gardener, reader, and care-giver, work was a joy to her, and she often left a demanding job at the end of the day to attend to a family member or to her beloved home and property. Irene's mental faculties are legendary, and even during her recent hospitalization, added details to the historian's or commentator's remarks as she watched programs on television. She was the historian of the family, sharing stories that none of the relatives had recalled about the early years.

A funeral service honoring the life of Irene will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Funeral Home with entombment in Evergreen Cemetery, Visitation will be Friday, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Funeral Home

Evergreen Funeral Home
4623 Preston Highway Louisville, KY 40213
(502) 366-1481

Published in The Courier-Journal on June 13, 2013