Irene Herberg Doak passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Friday, April 2 2010, at WakeMed from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
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Irene was born in Merricourt, ND on August 20, 1923 to August Herberg and Christine (Geisler) Herberg. She was proceeded in death by her husband Charles (Chick)W. Doak and son Charles H. Doak. She is survived by two daughters, Frances Doak Burkhart (Richard) of Knightdale, NC and Mary D. Bailey of Rocky Mount, NC and one son Doug E. Doak (Dottie) of North Dakota. She is also survived by ten grand children Christina Hurley (David), Neil Hodgens, Kimberly Moore (Tom), Erin Doak, Michael and Jessica Dawes and Logan, Sarah and Hunter Bailey and Lee Pospisil. She also has five great grand children. Irene had many special family members including her nieces and nephews and many dear friends she made throughout her life, and especially her friends Ruby Stallings, and Pat Hodgens.
Irene lived in Rocky Mount for 25 years where she was a homemaker. She was very active in West Edgecombe Homemakers and the N.C. Extension Homemakers, holding leadership positions in both organizations. She also volunteered many hours with the local Red Cross and other community organizations. At age 59, she resumed a nursing career at Wake Memorial Hospital, working until retiring at age 69.
Upon moving to Knightdale in 1989, she continued as always ready to pitch in where there was work to be done, volunteering with Meals on Wheels and dipping thousands of containers of chili for Loaves and Fishes fundraisers. Her family and friends will remember all the wonderful holiday meals she prepared, and the handmade gifts. She was known for her special birthday cakes, pound cakes, crocheted bags, and scubbies. Not one to seek the limelight, she was ever ready to lend her hands in support family and causes for which she cared.
A celebration of her life will be held at Community United Church of Christ at 814 Dixie Trail Raleigh, NC on Saturday April 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in her memory to Loaves and. Fishes at P.O. Box 14596 Raleigh, NC 27620.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Online condolences @ www.cremnc.com.
Capital Funeral Home and Cremation Society of the Carolinas
2205 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27604
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Apr. 9, 2010