Irene L. Washburn 97 of Hillsboro passed away Sept 21, 2020 at Montgomery Nursing and Rehabilitation in Taylor Springs.
She was born on May 28, 1923 in Walshville IL to Frank and Erma Lindley Green; she grew up in the Woodsboro neighborhood attending a one room school until 8th grade, then attending Hillsboro High School graduating in 1940.
She was active in the 4-H from the time she was 8 years old, showing farm animals and her horse sambo. She was an accomplished seamstress and won 4 consecutive blue ribbons at the Illinois state fair for her clothing projects. While in high school she modeled clothing for the Shirley Shop at the Orpheum Theater and in Chicago. She was a brownie leader, Girl Scout and 4-H leader. She was active in the United Methodist Church, where she was a member for 76 years and taught Sunday school, she and her husband were youth leaders and she served as secretary for the church board for 10 years. She was secretary for the Hillsboro school district, serving under O.R. Nettleship, Don Beane and Mike Mugge before retiring in 1982.
She traveled extensively during their retirement often taking their grandchildren with them.
She will be remembered as a great cook, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and great-great grandmother.
She married Vernon Washburn of Litchfield at the First Christian Church in St. Louis Mo on Sept 15, 1940. He preceded her on July 30 2009 after 69 years of marriage.
She is survived by one Daughter Patricia husband Nick Bourdoumis of Hillsboro, two grandchildren Cathy Husband Bruce Gabeau of Hillsboro one grandson Andy wife Maia Bourdoumis of Midland TX., four Great Grandchildren Nicole (Matt) Wilkin of Springfield, Courtney (Cole) Rhodes of Brownstown, Nick (Katie) Bourdoumis of Spring TX, Zoe Bourdoumis of Ft. Jackson SC. And 8 Great-Great grandchildren Cash and Grayce Wilkin, Alex and Mariella Rose and Karina Bourdoumis, Kamryn, Hayden and Mykaela Beckett, sister in law Delores Rogers of Litchfield and Mary Tinsman of Litchfield, three nephews Wayne Barringer, Frank Barringer and Paul Barringer and one very special cousin Helen Beal Whitlock.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and her husband.
Memorials can be made to United Methodist Church in Hillsboro.
Funeral service will be Thursday Sept 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Hough & Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro with Rev. Mike Lawton officiating visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro.
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