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Grace Irene Menos

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Menos, Grace Irene of Town & Country, MO passed on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Grace Irene Johnston Stroker Menos was born September 8, 1918 near Ethlyn, in Lincoln County, MO. Irene was the youngest of seven children. Irene married Clemmons Riddle Stroker of Olney, MO in 1939, and had four daughters. Riddle preceded Irene in death in 1957. Irene married George Menos in 1964 and moved to Kirkwood, MO, he preceded her in death in 2010. Irene was preceded in death by her parents Forrest and Grace Sitton Johnston, five sisters and one brother. Edna Ella Johnston died in infancy, Anna Sitton Johnston, Evelyn Josie Johnston, Lulu Ione Johnston, Mary Forrest Hiles, and James F. Johnston, one daughter Linda K. Stroker, and one niece Kay Hiles Carver. Surviving Irene are her daughters, Janet Finnerty (Richard) of New Melle, SuzAnne Paez (Mark) of Town & Country, Grace (Beth) McLean (Ron) of Town & Country. She has two great nieces Stephanie Robinson of Chillicothe, Shelly Hunt of Auxvasse and a nephew Jim Hiles of Bowling Green. Irene has four grandchildren, Mark Paez (Jennifer), Maria Brennan (Kevin), Chris McLean (Natalie), and Sean McLean, all of the St. Louis area, two step grandchildren Rick Finnerty (Lynne) and Corina Finnerty Moore (Rick). She has two great grandchildren, Ty, and Marilyn McLean (Chris & Natalie McLean), four step great grandchildren Jacob, Jessica, Kyle and Sara. Irene attended West Liberty School at the age of four, at age nine the family moved to Bowling Green, MO. Irene graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1935. She was a member of Highland Prairie Church of Ethlyn, MO, Bowling Green Methodist Church, Olney Methodist Church, and had been an active member in many capacities of Kirkwood United Methodist Church. Irene was active in the United Methodist Women of Kirkwood UMC, on the women's board of Kingdom House for fifty plus years, also on the board of the Mary Culver Home of Kirkwood, MO. As a young women Irene worked at the Candy Kitchen, and Farmers Bank in Bowling Green, MO. She was a 4-H Community Leader, 4-H Leader of the Olney Blue Skies, a member of the extension Delphi Club, and a member of Plan Progress of Olney, MO. After the death of Riddle, Irene attended Vocational Technical School in Mexico, MO in the 1960's and received her LPN, and then continued her education, in obtaining her administrators license, and became an administrator of a nursing home in Bowling Green, MO. Irene enjoyed gardening, refinishing furniture, embroidering, quilting and sewing. She made many quilts for family, friends and organizations. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, Nana, great grandmother, and friend, she will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her. Thank you, to all the staff at St. Sophia Health and Rehabilitation Center, and to Heartland Hospice. Services: Visitation Tuesday 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. at BOPP Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122-1308. Funeral Service will be Wednesday 2:00 p.m. at Olney United Methodist Church in Olney, MO. with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. until time of service at church. Interment Olney Cemetery in Olney, Mo. Charitable contributions may be made to: Kingdom House , Mary Culver Home, Kirkwood United Methodist Church, or Olney United Methodist Church.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014
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