Irene lived a life of faith, hard work, and service. She was an example of determination and love to all who knew her. She loved her daughter and grandchildren dearly and was always available to love and support them any way she could. Irene’s childhood was an example of hard work. She began picking cotton with her family from an early age to help provide for the family’s needs. Despite a physical handicap, she never missed an opportunity to prove her physical capabilities and strength. She truly had a fighting and independent spirit.
Irene left home alone at 16 and headed to California’s San Fernando Valley, where she earned a high school diploma by attending night school. She married Jack Dawson in 1949, and they were later divorced. During this time, she worked as a psychiatric technician and was once honored as "Psych Tech of the Year". Later, she worked in San Diego as a weld inspector for B52 bombers.
In 1960, Irene married William Myers, Jr. Irene worked for State Farm Insurance for more than twenty years where, in 1969, she was one of the original employees hired to open a new regional office in Westlake Village, California.
Irene and her daughter, Linda, were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1963. Her husband, Bill, also joined the church before passing away in 1980. During his illness, Irene was a tender and devoted caregiver. After moving to Dixie in 1998, Irene met Garn Stanworth and they were married in April 2004. Once again, Irene was completely devoted to her husband; caring for him until he passed away in 2011.
She also made many new friendships in St. George, enjoying monthly dinners and game nights for several years with her local girlfriends. Irene lived a life of devotion to her church; serving in the Relief Society in various wards, as a worker in the Los Angeles temple every week for many years, and as a missionary in the St. George Family History Center.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers; L J Henson, J D Henson, Kenneth Allen Oswalt and Robert Newton Oswalt, and her sisters; Becky Henson Atchison, Roxie Henson Hudson, and Walsie Henson Price, and husbands; William Allen Myers, Jr. and Garn Tom Stanworth. She is survived by her daughter; Linda Rogers of St. George, Utah, sisters; Doris (Robert) Bame of Simi Valley, California, and Sally Custer of Tarzana, California, brothers; James Brown of Dover, Arkansas and Paul (Geri) Henson of Birchwood, Tennessee, and grandchildren; Kelly Rogers of Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael (Natalie) Rogers of Tooele, Utah, Annelise Rogers of St. George, Utah, and Erin (William) Watts of Los Osos, California, and great grandchildren; Jude and Lauren Watts (the loves of her life) of Los Osos, California, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Irene’s Intermountain Health Care Hospice team; Sally, Ruth, Jan, Brittney, and Kathy. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morningside Stake Center, 879 South River Road, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd., and Monday, prior to services, from 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at the Stake Center. Interment will Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. George City Cemetery.