Irene Mayo, age 89, of Emmetsburg, formerly of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the United Presbyterian Church in Pocahontas. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Irene Mabel Bell was born Jan. 4, 1924, in Williams to Sidney and Carrie (Johnson) Bell. She grew up on a farm outside of Williams where she attended grade and high school. She received a teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) in 1945 and then taught at a Country School until moving to Glidden to continue her teaching career. In Glidden Irene met Charles Mayo and in 1948 they were married. In 1949 Charles and Irene moved to Pocahontas where they resided until 2010.
Irene worked at various establishments during their time in Pocahontas including the Pocahontas County Treasurers office, Pocahontas County Sheriff's office as a dispatcher, and in retail. She was active in the Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Presbyterian Women and Marinar Deckhands, participated in community organizations, in- cluding supporting musical and scouting activities of her children as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and she was a member of various bridge clubs and bowling leagues.
Irene is survived by her husband of 65 years, Charles Mayo; a sister, Jane Olson and son Dennis (Rhonda) Mayo, daughter Diane (Mark) Johnson; two grandchildren, Carrie (Ryan) Larson and Joel (Jessica) Johnson; and four great grandchildren, Logan and Perrin Larson and Sam and Cory Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Lenore; and her brothers, Mel, Everett, Tom, Mike and Sidney Jr.