Irene M. Horton

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Irene M. Horton, 93, of Des Moines, formerly of Merrill, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center in Des Moines.

Irene Mary Carey was born Aug. 2, 1910, at Marcus, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Treinen) Carey. Irene was united in marriage to Horace Horton Feb. 24, 1930, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. The couple lived in Merrill most of there lives. They had lived in Le Mars before moving to Des Moines 10 years ago. Horace died in March 1999.

Irene was a homemaker and throughout her life was a devoted caregiver, caring for her family, friends and even fellow residents at the Senior Life Center.

Irene is survived by her daughters, Connie Wimer and husband, Frank Fogarty, of Des Moines and Mary Strub, and husband, James, of Merrill; a son, Thomas Horton and his wife, Helen, of Gaza, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, James Strub, Jon Strub and his wife Lisa, Joseph Strub, Amy Wlodarczyk and her husband Ed, Carey Hubbell and her husband Jim, Annie Wimer, Dianna Moulton, Jeff Horton, Richard Horton and his wife Shirley, Karen Buck and her husband Stacy, Neal Horton and his wife Shannon, Marsha Major and her husband Don, and Andrew Horton; 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Lucille Carey of Marcus, Antonette Peppersack and her husband, Frank of Le Mars and Ruth Horton of Le Mars.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Horace in March 1999; four brothers, Ray, Gerald, Mark and James Carey; and a sister, Florence Gifford.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with Pastor Jason Larson of First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Merrill. Visitations will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.