Irene Cronkhite, 94, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away August 20, 2007, at The Life Care Center of Pueblo. She was born March 12, 1913, in Carthage, Illinois. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Clyde) Kale of Fergus Falls, MN and Carol (Richard) Mortensen of Yakima, WA; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and son, Gary. She was a secretary in School District 60 at Risley and Freed Junior High Schools and earlier at the Boy Scouts Office. She was a longtime member of the First Free Methodist Church. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with Pastor Mark Hecht officiating. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church through the funeral home. Online condolences, Montgomerysteward.com

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  1. A precious neighbor for years and a lady of dignity whatever she was faced with . . . to the family: I’m sorry I missed your service as I don’t take the paper for the last few years . . . you will always be in my prayers and I’ll always be grateful for your mother’s gentle kindnesses to anyone who came in contact with her at any time in her life . . .my last memory was visiting her in the center and seeing her happiness with her loving companion . . .her cat.

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