Mrs. Cecile Henry Irwin

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Cecile Henry Irwin, devoted wife of Dr. George L. Irwin, MD, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Rolling Green Village in Greenville, S.C.
Cecile was born in Chester, the daughter of William J. Henry, MD, and Florence McNamara Henry, where she grew up with her beloved sisters and best friends, Betty and Trudy. She was educated in the Chester city schools and was a graduate of Chester High School. She attended Erskine College and then transferred to Columbia University in New York, where she earned a B.S. in Nursing. Upon graduation, she worked on the private floor at Babies Hospital in NYC for two years. She then took a two and one-half month trip to Europe with three classmates from nursing school, which she always remembered fondly.
Upon her return, she worked at the new hospital at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C., before marrying a hometown boy, George Irwin, MD.
Along with her husband and family, she attended Northgate Baptist Church and then First Baptist Church in Greenville, where she was a member of the Seminar Sunday School Class and a faithful member of the church choir. She and George devoted many hours over many years as volunteers at Meals on Wheels of Greenville. She absolutely loved the visits she was able to make with "shut-ins." She loved arts and crafts and shared her creations with everyone. She also assisted her husband in gathering research for an exhaustive genealogy of the Irwin and Henry families that is a true legacy for her loved ones.
"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life…many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Proverbs 31:10-12, 29.
Cecile once described herself as "a full-time MOM, driver, cook, bottle-washer, Sunday School teacher and community volunteer." In fact, she was much more than that. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother with an unshakeable faith in Jesus Christ and His Church. She taught the Beginner's Class (children) at Northgate as well as First Baptist for many years. She would often share a story about a time when a child in her class once referred to her as "Mrs. God," an appellation that both shocked and amused her… and which she quickly corrected!
"And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 'Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.'" Mark 9:36-37.
She is survived by her children, Andrew Irwin (Sheila) and Jane Lynch (Kevin), as well as seven grandchildren, Matthew Irwin (Kristin), Mary Elizabeth Zaldivar (Rafael), Kevin Irwin, Sally Parkinson Barbano, Ned Parkinson, Timothy Irwin and Molly Irwin; and three great grandchildren, Arthur Zaldivar, Elsbeth Zaldivar and Charlotte Irwin.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greenville with the visitation following.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St., Greenville, SC 29605; or First Baptist Church of Greenville, 847 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC 29601.
Condolences may be made to the family by visiting Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.
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Published in The News & Reporter on Aug. 29, 2018
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