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Edna Irene Cash

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Edna Irene Cash Obituary
On Sept. 11, 2017, Irene McMinn Cash died at home at the age of 101. Irene Cash was well known around the Wynne and Forrest City areas throughout her life.
Born in Wynne, on Jan. 15, 1916, Irene was the second child of ten and the first daughter of Gertha Frazier McMinn and Henry Grady McMinn. Irene was a well-known figure in the healthcare community. Irene attended nursing school at Baptist Hospital in Memphis from 1939 to 1942. After returning to Wynne, Irene went to work as an RN for Drs. Crawley and Cogburn, treating many in her community. From 1951 to 1952, Irene attended nurse anesthesia school at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and later served on the Board of Anesthesia at Barnes-Jewish for many years. Upon her graduation from the nurse anesthesia program, Irene became one of a handful of female Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the country. Irene remained a CRNA for both Wynne Memorial Hospital and Forrest Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1983.
After completing nursing school, Irene met and eventually married James Wesley Cash, a career Navy man, and had two sons, James Edward Cash and Johnny McMinn Cash in 1943 and 1951. Irene also leaves behind four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Irene joined Dr. Charles Hammond in developing the paramedic program for the state of Arkansas and was instrumental in teaching advanced airway intubation, making the program one of only a few programs in the nation that taught these procedures to paramedics, resulting in a higher level of care for the community.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents and eight of her siblings.
Irene was an inspiring example to those around her and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Her family is hosting a memorial service in her honor on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on Falls Boulevard in Wynne, and the community is welcome to attend.
Published in Times-Herald on Nov. 18, 2017
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