Irene Elizabeth Kemp Glass

June 28, 1927January 1, 2019
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Irene Elizabeth Kemp Glass, age 91, was called unexpectedly to her Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to be reunited with her beloved husband, James Rufus (Jim) Glass married on July 10, 1945 for 34 years until his death.

In her golden years at age 86, on September 7, 2013 she married Al Giebelstein, age 88. They were married for 4 ½ years until his death in April of 2018.

Irene was born on June 28, 1927 in a rock house off Camp Ben McCullough Road near Driftwood, Texas to Willie Kemp and Fannie Teresa Ireland Kemp. She graduated from Austin High School and soon after WWII started her family with Jim. They had four girls, Peggy, JoAnn, Nancy, and Terri.

Irene kept the girls involved in many activities. She was an accomplished bookkeeper for many years at the 40 Acres Club and other businesses. Most recently, she was the bookkeeper for Cliff Barkley, CPA.

She attended Kinney Avenue Baptist Church, was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church for many years, and was baptized at Friendship Baptist Church on Camp Ben McCullough Road.

Irene became a solo pilot in the seventies and flew over her property in Bastrop County many times. She went skydiving at age 89, was still mowing her own lawn, driving herself all over town, and volunteering at various places (even for “old” people, thought she didn’t consider herself to be “old”). She said she was shooting for 100. She recently became a mentor for a young girl at Joslin Elementary School.

She was the stalwart of the family and an example of enduring faith, love, and perseverance in all circumstances. She was not your typical mother or grandmother. Irene cherished family and hosted many events at the farm which was tagged as the Glass Ponderosa as well as her long-time residence on Roundup Trail.

Irene was a member of the Eastern Star Dripping Springs Chapter 860 and Daughters of the Confederacy Ike Turner Chapter.

She was very caring in visiting and sharing love with others that she met along life’s journey. Irene will always be in our heart and forever on our mind.

Irene was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; sister, Mary Lee Webb; and brother, Boone Kemp. She will be sadly missed by her beloved daughters, Peggy Kelm and husband, Tom, JoAnn Difrancesco, Nancy Zion, and Terri Murphy and husband, Bryan; grandchildren, Julie Kelm Campos and husband, Steve, Matthew Kelm and wife, Robin, Laurie Montgomery McKibben and husband, Randy, Zach Difrancesco and wife, Kristen, Tracy Difrancesco, Peyton Murphy, and Charles Duffield; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Kemp and wife, Suzon; numerous other relatives; and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday, January 7, 2019 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home followed by a Celebration of Irene’s Life at 12:00 P.M. in the Chapel officiated by Pastor Russell Allen. Interment will follow at Lytton Springs Cemetery.

Honoring Irene as pallbearers will be Bryan Murphy, Peyton Murphy, Tom Kelm, Matthew Kelm, Zach Difrancesco, Charles Duffield, Randy McKibben, and Steve Campos. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Montgomery and Tom Difrancesco.


  • James Rufus (Jim) Glass, Husband
  • Al Giebelstein, Husband
  • Willie Kemp, Father
  • Fannie Teresa Ireland Kemp, Mother
  • Mary Lee Webb, Sister
  • Boone Kemp, Brother
  • Peggy Kelm, Daughter
  • Tom Kelm, Son-in-law
  • JoAnn Difrancesco, Daughter
  • Nancy Zion, Daughter
  • Terri Murphy, Daughter
  • Bryan Murphy, Son-in-law
  • Irene leaves behind her grandchildren, Julie Kelm Campos and husband, Steve, Matthew Kelm and wife, Robin, Laurie Montgomery McKibben and husband, Randy, Zach Difrancesco and wife, Kristen, Tracy Difrancesco, Peyton Murphy, and Charles Duffield; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Kemp and wife, Suzon; numerous other relatives; and a host of friends.

  • Bryan Murphy, Pallbearer
  • Peyton Murphy, Pallbearer
  • Tom Kelm, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Kelm, Pallbearer
  • Zach Difrancesco, Pallbearer
  • Charles Duffield, Pallbearer
  • Randy McKibben, Pallbearer
  • Steve Campos, Pallbearer
  • Mike Montgomery, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tom Difrancesco, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Interment Monday, January 7, 2019

Irene Elizabeth Kemp Glass

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Elizabeth Muckelroy

January 15, 2019

Irene was one of the nicest friends a person could ask for. She was always so thoughtful and giving. I could write about lots of times and things she did. Before Christmas of 2017, she brought us (my husband and me) a neat string of lights for our Christmas tree. I will always use them and think of her. I always tried to attend the Ladies Luncheons that she headed up.
I was so saddened to hear what happened to Irene. Christmas when our son was here, we would go walking and pass by her house a couple of days, but she wasn't home. He wanted to see her and say hi as she had met him a few years ago and always asked about him.
I will miss her dearly. I went down to visit her a couple of days after Al passed away and took her some flowers. She asked me to please come in and visit and of course I did. I was glad I did, as she seemed to really appreciate it.

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I know she will be greatly and dearly missed.
Liz Muckelroy

Dede Largent

January 9, 2019

What a friend we have in Jesus and what a friend Irene was to me. We met in 2004 when I moved to Austin. We shared dinners and bible studies together. Long talks and encouraging words. I treasured her knowledge and humor. Irene and Al were a large part of my support system when my wife passed in 2016. We both were mentors at Joslyn elementary and it was amazing to see the pro at work! I will miss you but happy for you that you are home.

Patti Ayres

January 7, 2019

Irene was a friend of my mother, Gretna Owens Anderson from Driftwood. We all received her colorful Christmas letters thru the years about “the little red headed girl”. Irene attended an Open House that we hosted on December 23rd. Grateful that we had the chance to see her before she passed away. Our love and prayers are extended to you at this time.

Judy Seymore

January 5, 2019

Irene was a kind and giving woman, whose faith was strong. I got to know her as a member of the LA Turner UDC chapter. She was a wonderful chaplain, sending cards to members who were ill or who had suffered a loss. I admired her feistiness - she seemed strong beyond belief. At our Christmas luncheon on December 18, she shared a key chain that said Everything happens for a reason with each of us. My last memory of her is her laughing, singing, sharing childhood memories of Christmas. An amazing woman to be sure and a role model for all who met her. She will be missed. Prayers to the family and friends.

Olivia Rector

January 5, 2019

My family and I were lucky enough to be neighbors to Irene. She was always so nice and welcoming to me, my husband, and our two young children. Our children had many afternoons running around her front yard admiring the inflatables she had put up to celebrate the holidays throughout the year. Irene told me she had a person stop by her house one day to tell her that they drove down her street just to admire the spirit she displayed during all of the holidays. We will miss it along with them I’m sure. Irene also knew how to throw a great Halloween party- she clearly loved to watch all the children enjoying the fun! Irene will be in our thoughts and memories for a long time to come. A while back we started reciting the ABCs at dinner with our children and the obvious choice for “I” was Irene. As we continue this, it will be a wonderful memory of a great woman.

Myrlene Jack

January 4, 2019

I didn't know Irene very long but meeting her for the first time I instantly took a liking to her. She was such a sweetheart. I knew instantly that she was a strong and determined woman. A sweet woman to be admired. Her short time with the UDC L. A. Turner Chapter as Chaplin was a time to be cherished by our members. She will be missed.

Love and Respect
Myrlene Johnston Jack

Donna L. Estes

January 4, 2019

I will so miss Irene....what a wonderful vibrant woman she was. Such an inspiration to anyone who ever met her. Her husband, Jimmy, and my uncle Horace Glass were cousins. Before Irene joined my L.A. Turner UDC group, I knew her from the Lytton Springs Cem Association get togethers and from other UDC functions. She will be so missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

Judy Ellis

January 4, 2019

As treasurer of LA Turner UDC 2618, a memorial contribution has been made to our Scholarship Fund in remembrance of Irene. She was not our Chaplain long but her untiring devotion to everyone was great. She will be truly missed.

Sandra Giarrusso

January 4, 2019

I had the privilege of meeting Irene in December at the Christmas party of the L A Turner chapter of the UDC. She was one of the most delightful ladies I have met and so full of energy that day. I am thankful God placed me at the right place at the right time to experience this wonderful lady. Peace and mercy to all her family and friends. My apologies for the photo being on its side. I took this of Irene at the Christmas party mentioned.

Sandra Giarrusso
District VI Chairman
Texas Division UDC