Irene Loretta Henson

Passed away on February 24, 2019

Irene Loretta Henson passed away on February 24, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska.


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Irene Loretta Henson

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Brooke Henson

March 1, 2019

Irene Lorettia Miles Henson
July 2, 1932 - February 24, 2019

Surrounded by family Irene Lorettia Miles Henson went to be in the presence of God on February 24th, 2019 in Gilbert, AZ at the age of 86. She was greeted in heaven and in the arms of her late husband James “Junior” Henson.

Irene was born on July 2nd, 1932 in Vernon, Texas to Walter and Lora Miles. She married James “Junior” Henson Vernon, TX and they raised three sons; Don, David and Jim“Jimbo” and one daughter, Connie. Irene supported her husband’s career in the oilfields by moving back and forth from California to Alaska several times throughout their marriage. They made homes in Bakersfield and Carpinteria, CA and Chugiak, Anchorage and Soldotna, AK over the years. She was a good roughneck!

A homemaker for many years, Irene always had a warm, beautiful smile on her face and a happy disposition. She was most often found with a dog or a crochet project in her lap. She also loved to fish.

When Irene out fished all her family in Alaska and was tired of the cold dark winters she moved to Arizona to live out the rest of her life. She enjoyed the beauty of the desert just as much as the mountains of Alaska.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lora Miles; husband James “Junior”; son Don, daughter Connie and brothers Willie and Albert. She is survived by her sons; David (Annyce) of Soldotna, AK, and Jim (Helen)
of Anchorage, AK; daughter in law Maureen of Soldotna, AK; brother Buddy of Auburn, WA, nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A service and celebration of Irene’s life will be held on Monday, March 4th, 2019 in Bakersfield, CA at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary at 2 pm.

Mariah Henson

March 1, 2019

Granny was always prepared with the sweet snacks. She had ice-cream and tuxedo cookies ( which as an eight year old I hated because they weren't "real" oreos) every time I came over to watch game shows on the TV with her. I remember she had the most beautiful jewelery and loved Lady like a 5th child even though I thought she was old and kinda mean. I also love how Aunt Connie painted the shower with cute little bears in her house.

Amanda Dell

February 28, 2019

My best memory of Aunt Irene is when we went to Fort McDowell to play bingo with my best friend Mandie. The men were on a hunting trip for deer. We got to the casino, and there was a hip hop band playing outside bingo hall. You couldn't even hear the numbers being drawn. Aunt Irene started rapping her own song while playing. Hey, yo, hey yo. We laughed so hard. Then when we were leaving, it was pouring rain! Aunt Irene said we may kill a deer on way home. If we do, I can skin it, and we can take it home and show the men we can hunt too. We laughed so hard again. Would have been even funnier if that happened, and we killed a deer and they didnt.😁 That is my favorite. She was a funny lady!