Irene McNees Grosvenor Martin

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Irene Kimmell McNees Grosvenor Martin
February 4, 1921 - April 7, 2016
If you were a woman who lived in Caldwell in the 60's, 70's and 80's, chances are that you were coiffed, made up, and perhaps even dressed by Irene McNees. A born businesswoman, Irene owned True Beauty Salon in Caldwell for 30 years, later associated with Merle Norman Cosmetics, and also owned the Poise 'N Ivy Boutique for several years. Everything about Irene spoke style. If you were lucky enough to visit her home, it felt like stepping into pictures in a magazine with her comfy furniture, fluffy pillows, and eclectic furniture and decorative items that made it impossible to resist wandering through her home and trying to figure out how she came up with her wonderful ideas that escaped the rest of us. The outside of her homes was no different. Irene was a wonderful gardener and loved her potted plants, flowering vines, and roses. She hated when she was no longer able to give them the loving attention she had always provided once she reached her nineties.
Irene loved life, and even with the heartbreaking loss of three husbands who adored her (Ray McNees, Phil Grosvenor, and Larry Martin), Irene was never stoppable in her quest to provide laughter and beauty in her life and those of others. She also had strong opinions that she did not hesitate to express. A favorite was saying about a great-nephew, "He's a good boy, and he has more important things on his mind than worrying about manners!"
Irene Kimmell McNees was born in Roswell, Idaho February 4, 1921 to Kenneth and Mabelle Dutton Kimmell, sister to Melba Kimmell Transue. Except for seven years in Florida in the 1920s and three years in Portland, Oregon with her husband Ray during the war, Irene lived her entire life in the Parma and Caldwell area. Irene leaves behind daughter Sandra McNees Palmer and son Kenneth McNees (Mary Kaye), 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Irene Martin passed away peacefully and with her usual flair, wearing a pink nighty, on April 7, 2016, at the age of 95 in Broomfield, Colorado. She continued to help residents at her independent living facility with dressing, makeup, hair, and decorating until the end of her life, and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 17, 2016