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Iris L. Cove

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Iris L. Cove
of Billerica, was nurse and teacher; 84

BILLERICA -- Iris Louise Cove, age 84, of Billerica, MA, peacefully went to be with her Lord on Monday, November 29, 2010, at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley in Billerica.

Born March 25, 1926 in Lowell, MA, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. Sr. and Amanda (Barnard) Cove. Iris graduated from the Nashua Memorial Hospital School of Nursing class of 1951, she continued her education earning her Bachelors degree in Nursing from Eastern Nazarene College in 1955, and even earned her teaching certificate through Salem State College.

Iris's nursing career spanned many decades, and many years were spent teaching others what it meant to be an excellent nurse. Iris taught at the Greater Lowell Technical High School, Andover West Junior High School, Lowell General Hospital School of Nursing, and the Malden Hospital School of Nursing. In 1975, she became the assistant director of Nursing Education at Tewksbury Hospital. Iris went on to provide one on one nursing care at several facilities including, Solomon Mental Health Center, Hogan Regional Center, Shaughnessy Rehabilitation Hospital, North Shore Children's Hospital, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, and Tewksbury Hospital.

Towards the end of her career, Iris provided patients with private in home nursing care. Most of these patients were young, and she cared for them lovingly as if they were her own.

Iris is survived by one sister, Nancy Newstetter of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by many nieces & nephews, grand nieces & nephews, and great-grand nieces & nephews, and one great-great-grand niece.

She was a part of the loving community at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley in Billerica, where she had abundant friends, puzzle helpers, and care givers.

She was predeceased by her three brothers, Charles H. "Charlie" Cove Jr., Jack Cove, and Richard "Dick" Cove.

COVE -- A Remembrance and Memorial Service will be held on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the First Church of the Nazarene of Lowell, 1195 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. For further information or to send a condolence to the family please visit our website at

Published in Lowell Sun on Dec. 3, 2010
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