Irene E. King
April 15, 1917 – March 23, 2020
Irene E. (Frechette) King, 102, well-known quilter in New England, passed away March 23, 2020 from natural causes. She was in the company of her daughter in Chatham, MA. Irene was the daughter of Elizabeth and Albert Frechette of Newton, MA and graduate from St. John the Evangalist. She is survived by her sister Constance York and was pre-deceased by sister Beatrice Biron, and brothers Clement, Martial, Albert, Bernard, Denis, and Normand Frechette. Irene was married to George King, Jr. for 53 years. Irene was the mother of George King III of CT, Elizabeth (Betsey) Strum of Brewster, MA, Gregory A. King of NH and the late Michael J. King. She is a grandmother of 9, great grandmother of 14, great great grandmother of one and aunt to dozens of nieces and nephews. Education was important to Irene and she guided all of her children into college educations, an opportunity she wished she had experienced. She was proud of all four of her children in their musical endeavors and when asked if she was musical would say “Someone has to be the audience!” Irene was always talented with fabric. Her first business was called “The Bridal Vale” in Walpole where she custom designed and created bridal and formal gowns. When she moved to Wolfeboro, NH from Mattapoisett, she became involved with quilting and became one of the founding members of the New England Quilters’ Museum. When Irene re-located to Newport, RI at 67 she and a partner opened the shop,”The Quilt Artisan” where she taught many classes and shared her strong and creative skills in hand quilting. Even in retirement at New Horizons in Marlborough, Irene led a quilt group that made quilts to raffle off and donated the proceeds to local charities which helped seniors. Irene moved to Cape Cod in 2015 when her daughter and son-in-law retired there. She was soon a guest speaker at age 98 at the Cape Cod Quilter where they made her an honorary member and further honored her with Irene’s third 100th birthday celebration. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irene’s name to the New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St, Lowell, MA 01852 An online memorial is available at Nickerson Funeral Home, Orleans, MA, please visit: www.nickersonfunerals.com. A private burial will take place on Thursday, March 26th in Newton, MA. The family is hoping to have a memorial service for family and friends in the future.
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Irene E. King
March 29, 2020
Oh how Auntie Irene will be missed. She was the matriarch of our family. I have so many fond memories of when I was a child. Our family visited her on Martha’s Vineyard, I was very young although I remember having the time of my life there with her. My other favorite memories are the family Christmas parties. Uncle George would be playing the piano while all the aunts and uncle‘s would be singing Christmas carols in French. She will be sorely missed by all. Sending my heart out to all she touched, and especially the King family. ❤️
March 28, 2020
Dear Aunt Irene,
A very talented aunt! Who had style and was a lady, always. What a life you have lived and how many people you have influenced.
Your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will carry on some of your legacies, but you will be a very hard act for anyone to follow.
I hope you are at peace and enjoying the afterlife. You will be missed by all of us. Thank you for the memories I have of you and staying at your home and witnessing just some of your talents.
Diane & Bobby ( too , sorry he did not know you better)
Chris & Cheryl Pantos
March 26, 2020
Dear Betsy, Your mother was an amazing woman. Her life was filled with activitives and accomplishments right up to her final years. While we only met her once or twice, we were aware of her bright personality and zest for life through you and Mark. We know that she will live on in the memories of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We send our since sympathy for your loss, Chris & Cheryl Pantos
March 26, 2020
My dear Cousins, I'm so sorry for the loss of your amazing mother. She was a true lady. She had a beautiful smile and I loved her laugh. She will be forever missed. My love to you all.
March 26, 2020
Dear Aunt Irene - there was a sense of "nobility" about her.
Truly "a "class" act".
I know she will be missed by many.