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Iris “Irene” DeSpain, age 89 of Macon, Missouri, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Loch Haven Nursing Home in Macon.
Irene was born August 3, 1920, in Macon County, MO, the daughter of Robert and Eunice Epperson. She graduated from Macon High School in 1938, where she held the basketball scoring record for many years. Irene was united in marriage to Harold DeSpain on April 20, 1946 in Macon, MO, he preceded her in death.
Irene enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading and gardening. She was a dedicated nurse, but her most important job was being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She is survived by one son; Larry DeSpain and wife Rebecca of Clarence, MO, three daughters; Harriet Wade of Columbus, OH, Carol Kincaid and husband John of Edina, MO, and Memoree Bradley and husband Derrick of Columbia, MO; eleven grandchildren, Richard A. Wade and wife Holly, Rod A. Wade, R. Aaron Wade and wife Shannon of Columbus, OH, John R. Kincaid, II of Edina, MO, Jason R. Kincaid and wife Jo of Novelty, MO, Ryan C. DeSpain and wife Megan of Kansas City, MO, Trent A. DeSpain and wife Laura of Flower Mound, TX, Hilary Lemon and husband David of Kansas City, MO, Erik VanDelft, Alex VanDelft both of Macon, MO, and Christopher Bradley stationed with the U.S. Army in Vicenza, Italy; thirteen great-grandchildren, Ashley, Celia, John III and Ian Kincaid, Micayla, Wyatt, Kennedy, Karly and Robert Wade, Grace, Hudson, and Noelle DeSpain, and Avery Lemon; one sister; R. Genelle Murphy of El Cajon, CA and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her parents, one sister, Eunita Kunkel and an infant brother.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, at Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Macon, MO, with Pastor Julius Ketsenburg officiating. Burial was in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. Visitation was Sunday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Family suggests memorial contributions to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.