Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Irene Gayle Dufour

30 junio , 195319 octubre , 2019

Irene Gayle Dufour

1953 – 2019

PORTLAND - Irene Gayle Dufour, 66, of Portland, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, October 19th. She was born on June 30, 1953, the loving daughter of Joseph E. (Tim) and Lauretta (O’Brion) Dufour. Irene, or Gayle as her special Auntie Carolyn called her, was the youngest in her family, but at times was known as the leader of the group with her mischievous, but kind activities, her memorable smile, and her generous heart. Irene married her longtime partner, Chris Hersey on February 25, 2018.

Irene attended Cathedral Grammar School and was a proud alumni of McAuley High School’s first graduating class, the Class of 1971. Irene was a wonderful care giver which was shown in the careers she chose. A graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of X-ray, Irene worked for many years as manager of X-Ray at Westbrook Community Hospital. She then moved to Mercy Hospital’s Ear Nose and Throat Department and Mercy’s Foot and Ankle Department, before retiring from Mercy’s Oncology Department in 2015.

Always a spiritual woman, and a writer at heart, Irene, along with her wife Chris, published “Maine Well-Being, An Inner Odyssey and Guide,” a monthly newspaper whose focus was on holistic education and integrating body, mind, and spirit. Irene always lived her life with positivity and a grateful heart. After Chris and Irene’s recent move from their longtime Portland home to The Motherhouse, Irene continued her love of building community through print by creating and publishing a quarterly newsletter for the residents there. In her last publication of “Under the Golden Dome" she recently wrote an intimate article on the difficult transition of leaving one's home and her discovery that "Home is where the HEART IS... The HEART IS anywhere you are." In the short time she lived at The Motherhouse, Irene helped build a sense of community through her love of the written word.

Irene had a special bond with her Magnificent Seven, which included her wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and close friend, Mary Rancourt. Together they created numerous memories, playing golf at Riverside Golf Course and in Hilton Head, traveling to Disney World, along with countless get togethers where laughter and fun overflowed. Known as Doc to the group, Irene will forever be remembered and greatly missed by all.

Irene is survived by her wife Christine Hersey, daughter Traci Crouanas and son-in-law Kevin Crouanas, a much-loved sister, Linda Dufour and her wife Theresa Huck, and a very special aunt, Carolyn O’Brion Fuller. Irene was predeceased by her mother Lauretta O’Brion Dufour, father Joseph E. Dufour Sr., and brother Joseph E. Dufour, Jr. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved her deeply.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Irene’s online guestbook at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation on Friday, October 25th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland. A celebration of Irene’s life will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 11am, at Jones, Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford Street, Portland. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life – Huck’s Heroes Team or a charity of your choice.


  • Time of Visitation viernes, 25 octubre , 2019
  • Celebration of Life sábado, 26 octubre , 2019


Irene Gayle Dufour


Christine Kaiser

6 noviembre , 2019

My heart is sadden to hear of your loss Chris and Traci . Memories of the past flood my thoughts miss you both I know alot of time has past but know you are all still in my ❤️ I send you prayers and thoughts during this difficult time love you.christine kaiser

Terry Mccutcheon

31 octubre , 2019

I will miss Irene and her sense of humor....as I have missed Irene and Chris since they moved. You see we were next door neighbors for years. I remember a few years back when Mercy hospital said I could not complete an appointment I had.I called a hosptil number to protest the cancellation and who should answer ...... it was Irene when she heard my story she made a call and in less than a minute my appointment was back on . Thank you Irene.
Your friend and neighbor Terry Mccutcheon

Maureen Flynn Stevens

28 octubre , 2019

Our hearts are so very sorry for the loss of your Irene...she was one of "us" ...the 1975 graduates of Mercy Hospital School of Radiologic Technology!! What fun we had all together...our memories of Irene remain in our hearts....her smile,laughter and many nights in the "call room" !! Driving with Irene was always an adventure!❤ We will keep Irene and her family in our prayers for always and send you our love.

Diane (Smith) Ross

28 octubre , 2019

So sad and sorry to hear of Irene's passing.
I graduated from Mercy School of Radiology Technolgy with Irene, in 1975.
I remember her as if it were yesterday.
Her smile, her laughter, and giving heart.♥️ Many fond memories in our 2 years of training with lots of fun antics and laughs, hardly ever a dull moment.
Peace and Love Irene, 💟
Diane (Smith) Ross

Maureen Regan

25 octubre , 2019

Irene was the sun after a warm spring shower.
A refreshing point of view when you needed to talk for an hour.
She was a listener and a giver of advice
You never needed to ask for it twice!

Irene was a fearless advocate for all, a writer of past, and present.
A woman who loved her life and loved her wife.
Loved her parents and siblings way beyond words.
She was a seeker of wisdom, a dispenser of truth.

Irene left her mark on those closest to her
Including her cousins and close friends.
The youngest of three in birth right
She found her place ...

...Ahead of siblings and cousins as THE BOSS!
Blonde, dimpled with an amazing smile,
She led the pack with her wise thoughts and guile.
Irene, we love you yesterday, today and always!

Our hearts cry out for your return to us!
What shall we do without your humor and trust?
Each day forward we will watch for you.
In our garden, in our sky, in our dreams, in our hearts,
Please stop by.

Patricia Scanlon Ashley

25 octubre , 2019

My sincere condolences to Irene’s family. I remember fondly Irene’s sense of humor when we were classmates and friends at McAuley. May she Rest In Peace and I hope her family will find comfort in remembering all the cherished moments with Irene that will live forever in their hearts.

Jennifer Fitzpatrick

23 octubre , 2019

Irene was a kind and generous soul who has gone too soon but will be remembered by many. My condolences to her family, especially Chris, Linda and Theresa. May you find strength and peace over these difficult days.

Karen Moyer

23 octubre , 2019

Losing Irene, all too soon, causes me to stop and realize the impact her life has on so many people. We all need to keep her light shining by being kind to one another and compassionate to the many who are less fortunate than we are....always. It is not hard but it takes the special love Irene had for everyone.

Missing you Irene, with love to your awesome family.

Terri Ross Jordan

23 octubre , 2019

Chris & family...
Irene was a lovely, sincere person who’s smile lit up the halls at the MH. She was instrumental in bringing our community together and she will be missed every day.
Irene and I had so many people in common, I think if we had kept digging, we would have found we are related. If I made a wise remark, she was right there with me:) That’s how we met..in the stairwell at 5:00 am making cracks about the fire drills. Love to you and your family and rest in heavenly peace Irene.

Joel Rogers

23 octubre , 2019

My heart still aches since reading of Irene's passing. Our ten years at Westbrook Community Hospital solidified with our colleagues that WCH would always remain a very special place in our hearts and minds. Irene was so skilled and professional that many folks avoided the trip in town to come to their community hospital. She loved learning and enjoyed an adventure. This was best described in her getting in a three-seat plane and flying to Boston to scout out a new GE piece of equipment. More impressive was her securing the radiology contract at the Windham prison. Once a week she arrived to provide X-Ray services for the inmates.

As great as her professional career was, her life as a daughter, sister, friend, and wife was her gift to us all. Irene was kind, gentle and always saw the best in everything. Her hidden gems was her sense of humor that was delivered with shining eyes and hearty laugh. We will all miss you Irene. But your legacy remains in our hearts for support during those tough times we encounter along the way. Your life lived I am sure got you an escort to heaven.