Irene Mary Dent

May 1, 1925December 27, 2013

Irene Dent (Dunlop) of Sylvan Lake was born May 1, 1925. She lived through the Depression, worked at General Motors, and then settled down in Livonia, Michigan to raise a family with her husband John. In the mid 1960’s they would move to rural Bloomfield Hills, where Irene worked by John’s side in his law practice for 25 years. She had a passion for the Detroit Lions, but loved her Michigan Wolverines even more. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 49 ½ years John (2000), and survived by 3 loving children Nancy (Al Carmichael), Kim (Jim Collins) and John Dent (Nancy) and 7 grandchildren Chris (Kristin), Jessica, Zack, Casey, Hayley, Mackenzie and Joseph. Family will receive guests at 11am on Monday December 30th at Pixley Funeral Home, 2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor, MI. Funeral service to follow at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations will support the U-M PAR Fund (Prostate Awareness & Research Fund). Checks may be made to “UM-PAR Fund - 366731" and sent to Medical Development, Attn: Sara Seyfarth, 1000 Oakbrook, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. You may also call 734-998-6893, to donate by phone.



  • Funeral Visitation Monday, December 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 30, 2013


  • Burial

Irene Mary Dent

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Nancy Phillips

December 28, 2013

When I think of Irene the first thought I have is unconditional love! Then, I think chocolate! she loved chocolate. I remember when Nancy and Al were first married. Mr and Mrs Dent took me in as family too. That was what they did. They showed so much love to their children and their childrens friends. I remember going to watch Al play one time. Tom and Irene had disappeared. When I found them, they were both in a corner eating a chocolate dessert! They were like two little kids who were caught with their hands in the cookie jar! We all started cracking up!
I know how much she loved her family. She was such an inspiration to me. I know she will be missed by many, many people. I am grateful for the time that I knew her. Oh- Did I mention she likes chocolate?

Colleen Curran

December 28, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss especially at this time of year.