Edwards Irene Read Edwards passed into her eternal life with her savior on May 18, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10 AM at the Westbrook First Baptist Church with her son-in-law, Robert Chambers, honoring her memory. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the care and direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Irene was born on June 29, 1921 in Erick, OK to Lemuel Lee Soles and Otellia Bell Soles-Kuikendal. On June 1, 1940 Irene married Jerry Claude Read in Colorado City, TX. They had three daughters: Jeanette, Claudine (Deannie), and Christine. They made their home in rural Mitchell County until 1964 when they moved to Colorado City. Her best friend and husband passed away on February 12, 1972. Irene was blessed to work as a homemaker and at Corner Drugstore, which later became Perkin's. She worked there diligently and faithfully for 42 years. On June 26, 1976 she married Allen Edwards. They shared four wonderful years together until he passed away on September 3, 1980. Irene lived most all her adult life in Mitchell County. She lived in Colorado City until 2010 and was currently residing in Midland Manor Park Village. She trusted the Lord as her savior in August 1961 and was a Member of the Westbrook First Baptist Church for 52 years. She regularly attended services at the Manor Park Chapel in Midland for the last four years. Those left to cherish Irene's memory are her daughters, Jeanette Duffer of Big Spring; Claudine (Deannie) and husband Bill Burt of Midland; Christine and husband Robert Chambers of Abilene; Laura and husband Jack Brady of Oklahoma; Lou and husband Andy Vail; and Sue Delbeck; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Myrl Soles of Big Spring; as well as many numerous nieces, nephews and great friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerry Read; huband, Allen Edwards; one granddaughter, Geraldine Duffer Hodnett, one son-in-law, Lester Duffer; as well as eleven brothers and sisters. A family visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 5-7PM at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.kikerseale.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on May 20, 2014