Irene Kathleen Land Walters
Irene "Jean" was born in French Lick, Indiana on September 6, 1933 to the loving
family of Lynden Lester Land and Susie Lanie Emmons Land. She had an older
brother, Lester, who preceded her in death, and two younger sisters, Mildred
(David Merkel) and Nancy Sue (Frank Hobson). In addition to her immediate
family, her aunt Nellie Croweâs family played an important part of her
development. There were always special Thanksgiving and Easter dinners shared
between the two families and many Sunday afternoons were spent together.
Many happy times were also spent with cousins from the Land family. Irene
graduated from West Baden High School Class of 1951 and she spent her entire
life in French Lick. She was married to Kenneth "Kenny" Walters and they had two
children, Cheryl (Chuck) Quinn and Kevin (Terri) Walters. She also had two
grandsons, Brycen (Dena) and Yancey (Jenni) and she was totally devoted to them
as they grew up. The family enjoyed traveling and visited most of the United
States and parts of Canada. A highlight was a visit to the Worldâs Fair when it was
held in Montreal, Canada. Other special trips were those to Florida and the Keys
where they enjoyed fishing. She devoted her entire life to her family and friends.
The loving relationship with her two sisters was a source of joy as well as support
for each of them as they shared life experiences. Many high school friends were
important to her and she maintained contact with them. Some of these friends
continued to call her throughout her illness.
She helped run the family business until she became too ill to do so. Irene had
many talents. She not only had the gift of painting, but also was an excellent
floral designer and used that gift when the family had a floral business. She
designed flowers for many weddings and other special occasions. She was also
musically gifted and played the piano and organ and she played the piano for her
Irene became a Christian at an early age and was committed throughout her life.
She was active in the Springs Valley Christian Church and could always be counted
on to help cook and serve dinners, clean the church or be sure it had just the right
decorations to make it an attractive place for the services. Her church family
played an important role in her life. She learned early in life to be generous and
available to help those in need.
In addition to her husband, children and two grandsons, she had one great
granddaughter, Scout Walters.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Lester, her parents and grandparents.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 in the
chapel of the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00
PM on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 and from 10:00 AM until the time of service
Bro. Jack Wilson officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mt Lebanon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the
Spring Valley Christian Church, 1085 S. Plum St., French Lick, Indiana 47432.