Irene C. West, 87, passed away peacefully at Park Rose Gardens in Fairfield, California on Monday, May 30, 2022.
Irene, born April 18, 1935 in Washington, Rhode Island (now known as Coventry), the last surviving daughter of Everett and Evelyn Roberts (Chardonaitt). Irene was one of 10 children.
She was married to Harlan West in 1976 and he preceded her in death in 2016.
Irene is survived by four of her five children; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Irene received her Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science in 1970 from the University of Rhode Island and went on to work at Brown University, and Roger Williams University before moving to California.
Irene moved first to Vallejo, California in 1972, after visiting the Bay Area with her then husband Robert Thomas and her youngest daughter Victoria Camara. In 1973 she settled in the Concord/Walnut Creek area before moving to Mission Viejo in the late 1980's and then moved to the Vacaville area in 2002.
Irene was an avid reader, and enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping and painting; however she was most passionate about genealogy. She spent many days and nights doing research and sometimes with children in tow she could be found crawling around in old graveyards in Rhode Island and Massachusetts looking for ancestors. She found a now historical cemetery which was thought to be lost.
At Irene’s request there will be no formal service. interment will take place on Aug. 18, 2022, at Fairmont Memorial Park. Time to be determined.
In lieu of cards or flowers please make donations to Helping Hands Senior Resources, 664 Harvard Ct., Vacaville, CA, 95687 or any hospice organization in your county or state.