E. Irene (Friars) Congdon, 91.
Her beloved husband, Walter A. Congon predeceased her. She was the loving mother of Nancy D. Ebbeling of Whitinsville, the late Jeffrey O. Congdon and his wife Paula Congdon of Northborough, and Pamela L. Flanders and her husband James of Northborough. She also leaves her brother, Arthur Couture and his wife Pearl of New Jersey, her grandchildren, Melanie Urban, Paula Ebbeling, Amy Dibello and her husband Martin, Heather Lippert and her husband Keith, Jeffrey Congdon, Corey Flanders and his wife Sara, Nyela Greene and her husband Jody and Emily Flanders. She also leaves seven great grandchildren, a great great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Harold G. Friars, Elizabeth F. Gauvin Vigeant, Lillian A. Friars, Mildred L. Friars, Wilberta F. Robinson, Gordon E. Friars, and Martha Couture Arundel.
She was born in Shrewsbury, daughter of the late Alvah G. Friars and Beatrice M. (Goodwin) Friars Couture and has lived in Northborough for many years. Irene spent most of her life as a homemaker, but did work several different jobs, including food services for some time. She was known as a hard worker, but will be best remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother who loved the simple everyday moments of life. She was an avid reader, enjoyed learning about alternative healing modalities, to garden around her home, and loved to visit Ogunquit, ME. Recently, spending time with her great granddaughter, whom she affectionately called "blue eyes" and her great grandson, who liked to sneak cookies from her, brought boundless joy and smiles to her.
The family would like to say "thank you" to cousins Barbara, Elsie and Mary, as well as the staff of the UMass Memorial Hospice program, especially Susan and Betty for the loving care shown to Irene during these last several weeks.
Services will be private. Burial will be at the Howard Street Cemetery, Northborough. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the UMass Memorial Hospice, C/O The Foundation, P.O. Box 2795, Worcester, MA 01613.
The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Shrewsbury is assisting the family with the arrangements. To leave a message of condolence or share a memory with Irene's family, please visit www.brittonfuneralhomes.com