Lenox Time Table
Wednesday March 30, 1994
OBITUARY ~ IRENE FRANCIS (MEEKS)
STRINGHAM HINSHAW HORTON
Funeral services for Irene Francis Horton, 74, were held Saturday, March 5, at
Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mt. Ayr. Irene died March 3, 1994.
Officiating at the service was Rev. Jerry Avise-Rouse, and music was provided
by Mrs. Malcolm Eighmy and Mrs. Jim Jones. Casket bearers were Randy Simpson,
Robert Petersohn, Tim Simpson, David Petersohn, Christopher Harms, Peter
Custer, and Bob Horton.
Interment was at Rose Hill cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
She was born Irene Francis Meeks, daughter of William Pinkney and Velma Louise
(Joseph) Meeks, near Cumberland, Iowa, November 6, 1919. Irene grew up in
Corning as her parents operated the Adams County Home. She practiced the
Catholic faith and graduated the Corning High School. She married Frelo
Stringham June 9, 1940 at Rock Port, Missouri and to this union three
daughters were born; Janice Ann 1941, JoAnn Irene 1942 and Kay Ellen 1947, She
and Frelo owned and operated the Mount Ayr Curing Plant until his death in
In 1965 she moved to Creston where she was employed by Creston Community
Hospital. She married Ronald Hinshaw, originally of Clearfield, August 8,
1967. Ron also worked at the hospital and after they retired they spent their
winters in Phoenix, Ariz, until Ron suddenly passed away there in 1981.
On October 4, 1982 she married Carroll "Pete" Horton, also of Clearfield. They
too enjoyed wintering in the south Texas area, until June 1992 when she
suffered a brain hemorrhage. This resulted in her convalescence at the
Clearview Home. Her recovery was quite a success until Friday, February 18,
1994, when she suffered a heart attack.
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