Eleanor Rose Irons

December 22, 1940April 17, 2021

Eleanor Rose Irons was born to the late Roosevelt Tiller and Equilla Smith-Tiller, in Osawatomie, KS on December 22, 1940, the youngest of three sisters Sarah Joe Abbott, Phyllis White and Edmonia Lee Montgomery. She was married to her best friend and soulmate Harrison Irons on September 17, 1978 in Kansas City, KS. Together they raised five beautiful children. Harrison and Eleanor shared 53 years together. 53 years of respect, love, admiration and happiness. Eleanor was introduced to Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism by her husband early on in their relationship and has been a devoted member ever sense. Eleanor taught whomever crossed her path the true meaning of Nam-myoho -renge-kyo. She was a rock to many. The matriarch of the family. She was always willing to help anyone who needed her. Helping others, especially the youth was one of Eleanor’s passions. Early on in her life she started with tutoring children teaching them how to read and the importance of education. She spent many years working in the juvenile detention system where she mentored and positively impacted the lives of many young adults. Nothing was more important to Eleanor than her family, she loved her family unapologetically and unconditionally. HEART OF GOLD, MIND OF STEEL that’s the type of woman Eleanor Rose Irons was. A rare jewel that will be forever loved and forever missed!

Eleanor is survived by her five children: Serberthia Bassett, Julius Tiller (Brenda Tiller), Patricia June Tiller, Harrison Tiller (Aisha Tiller) and Bernard Smith.

The brother she never had Wayne Johnson (Maxine Johnson)

17 grandchildren: Jewell Coleman, Canisha Tiller, Daniel Sharp, Patricia Nicole Tiller, Audrey Sullivan, Tierra Tiller, Brittany Bell, Autumn Tiller, Shanae Martin, Kelvin Tiller, Julian Bolden, Maurice Tiller, Zachary Sullivan, Phillip Bolden, Xavier Tiller, NaTasha Chase, Dominic Smith

33 great grandchildren, and 22 great - great grandchildren

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Harrison Irons. Daughters Ardella Tiller and Earla Mae Tiller. Parents Roosevelt and Equilla Smith-Tiller. Sisters Sarah Joe Abbot, Phyllis White, and Edmonia Lee Montgomery


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 23, 2021



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Diana Coleman

April 30, 2021

Eleanor was a wonderful childhood friend. We lived on the same block in Osawatomie, Kansas until my family moved away when I was 14 years old. I saw her only a few times after that at reunions in Osawatomie. I was aware of her many accomplishments over the years and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book she put together about our hometown. My prayers and condolences go out to her family.

Calvin & Lordis Cotton

April 23, 2021

Our condolences to Mrs. Eleanor Irons' family. May God comfort, strengthen, and bless you all during this time. Our prayers are with you all.

Conni Roberts-Gutelius

April 21, 2021

Dear family of Eleanor,
My most sincere prayer of peace for you all.
I knew Eleanor very well beginning in the 1970’s, while she and Harrison lived in KCK. This was a woman of boldness and sass! I loved her so much, as did my mother, Peggy. My mother and Eleanor worked hand in hand for the KC area members of NSA/SGI. She showed my mother how to be compassionate and brave, never backing down from a challenge. Eleanor had a big laugh that would penetrate to your soul, even amid the challenges of life. She will forever be a beautiful and happy memory for me.
With ❤️ Love, Conni and Scott Gutelius


April 21, 2021

To Eleanor's family, please accept our condolences for your loss. We enjoyed many years with Eleanor and Harrison. We treasure the times we enjoyed with them and family together at SGI activities or just visiting. We will always remember Eleanor and Harrison as a great team who unconditionally loved their family and friends and who never hesitated to share their conviction in the power of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo with everyone they met over the years. We miss them both.

Mark and June Jones