On November 1, 2010, Irene Allison, 81, of Anacortes, Washington passed away peacefully at San Juan Rehab and Care Center in Anacortes. She was born on April 24, 1929 enroute to Island Hospital from Guemes Island to Anacortes, on a boat in Guemes Channel. She was the daughter of Ernest and Harriet (Lopp) Bradshaw.
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Irene had a varied life in her younger years, attending Guemes Island School, and traveling the south in the late 1930's through the 40's, graduating from high school in Butler, Georgia.
Returning later in 1951, she was united in marriage shortly after, to Jay D. Allison. They made their home on Fidalgo Island at Gibralter Beach, raising three boys.
In 1961 the family moved to Vancouver, WA where Jay was employed as a truck driver, and Irene later worked as Chef Assistant at the state Blind School.
1979 marked the return of Irene to Anacortes, following the death of her husband and her son's graduations from high school in the Vancouver area and pursuing their careers. For now it was time to be caregiver to her mother, Harriet.
Foreign nations were a hobby for Irene. She visited China, which held a fascination for her, as well as the Chinese people themselves. Irene's other interests were gardening, and a touch for quilting, belonging to the Guemes Island Quilting club.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Jay Allison.
She is survived by her three sons, Harry Allison of Vancouver, WA, John Allison of Anacortes, Lonnie and Teresa Allison of Anacortes; and grandchildren, Sean and Jason Allison of Vancouver, WA, and Chantel, Aubry, and Cody Allison of Woodland, WA.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 5, 2010 at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Evans Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow in the foyer.
Interment will be held at 1:00p.m., Monday, November 8, 2010 at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver, WA.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Irene, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Nov. 5, 2010