Irma Jean McQueen
July 20, 1946 – July 19, 2020
Irma was born on July 20, 1946 in Detroit Michigan the only child to the late Odessa Green. Irma accepted Jesus Christ at an early age, latter converting to Jehovah Witness.
Odessa and Irma relocated to Seattle in 1961 to be closer with the family. Irma completed her education in the Seattle Public School System, graduating from Garfield High School with the class of 1965. She received her Cosmetology license from Seattle Community College. Irma then became the sole proprietor of Butterfly Mcqueen Hair Salon for many years. While continuing as a hair stylish, she began employment at Macy's where she worked until she retired due to health complications.
Irma enjoyed her life with family and friends, she was affectionately referred to as Auntie by the many children she adored. Irma had a close knit circle of friends that were like her sisters. As a hair sytlist, Irma was appreciated and loved by her many clients.
The Lord called his servant from labor to reward on Sunday July 19, 2020. She fought as long as she could and now she is resting with her Mother and the rest of the family. Jean you will truly be missed ! We Love you !
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Irma Jean McQueen
August 1, 2020
Irma Jean McQueen at a gathering of good friends.
July 31, 2020
Irma Jean McQueen or Jean as she was better known was an outstanding African American woman entrepreneur who opened her own beauty and hair salon in the Central District of Seattle, Washington, completely on her own as a single woman. She would send me down the street to the neighborhood corner store to get some kind of fruity soda for her. I was contented to hang out in her shop all day long, reading the latest teen magazine she would keep on subscription just for me. I would always be her last customer. Her frankness and simple insights on life are still absolutely priceless. Before I finished college we talked about my drawing the blueprints for what her new beauty shop 💇♀️💅would look like in Paradise.⛱🏝There would be a fabulous spa addition. I thought it should be built high up, on the side of a quiet mountain in Asia🏔 with some kind of waterfall⛲️🌊 or freshwater spring nearby. She really was kind to me as a child and generous to a fault. There were so many more irreplaceable conversations with her to be had. It’s not flattery. She truly was all these things......and that fact is remarkable.
This song expresses exactly what I would say to her if I still had the chance. I do not and it is a bitter lesson.
Song: “Kind and Generous” from the album: “Ophelia”
🎶🎵You've been so kind and/ generous/
I don't know HOW you keep on giving/
For your kindness I'm in/ debt to you/
For your selflessness/ my admiration/....
I never could have come this far without you/
I want to thank you for so many gifts/ you gave/
The love/ and the tenderness/ I want to thank you/
I want to thank you for your generosity,/ the love/
And the HONESTY that you gave me/
I want to thank you show my gratitude/
My love and my respect for you/ I want to thank you/
For everything you've done/
you know I'm bound/
I'm bound to thank you for it/🎵🎶
Songwriters: Natalie Merchant
Kind & Generous lyrics © Downtown Music
July 28, 2020
Greetings to the family and friends of Irma Jean McQueen,
I was referred to Irma roughly forty-three years ago, for her service to save my hair from falling out. She immediately stopped my hair from shedding! We became good friends in no time!!!
I moved in with Irma for a short time before I transferred to Atlanta, GA. We enjoyed being roommates. It was bittersweet when I decided to transfer to Atlanta, GA. While visiting me in Atlanta, Irma met the man I was dating. She told me that I had met my match and he was the the one. I was like, “what do you mean I’ve met my match”? Well, that man and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. My husband, Randy and son, Tri also loved Irma very much. When Irma would visit us in Atlanta, my husband would take over like she came to visit only him!
Irma was a great listener, it always amazed me how she remembered the trivial things we talked about, as well as the things that were important to only me. Not only did Irma always have wisdom to share with me during any situation, she would also share a bible verse, explain how it relates, and then tell me where to find it in the Bible.
Throughout our friendship, Irma and I would laugh until we cried about the hilarious and happy experiences we shared together. We would lift up one another when we were hurt, angry, or going through a crisis. Today you hear young people referring to their friends as their “ride or die”; Irma and I were “ride or die” friends in a positive, meaningful and loving way.
My friend/big sister was loyal and committed to her beliefs; I know she passed the test of time. She will be rewarded for a job well done. Irma, thank you for enriching my life with your love and friendship.
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Irma’s family. With prayers, love and peace.
We love you, Irma!
Gayle, Morris (Randy), and Tri Randall