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Irene Evlavia Roy

Nov. 14, 1931 — July 26, 2018

Irene E. Roy passed away July 26, 2018, at the Canterbury Gardens in Longview, where she was a resident for the past four years.

A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the church.

Irene was born in El Cerrito, Calif., on Nov. 14, 1931, to George John and Sylvia Luella (Kuros) Cokenes.

Irene married George A. Roy Aug. 12, 1950, at St. Anthony’s Church in Oakland, Calif. Irene studied music, voice, and foreign languages at Mills College in Oakland. She was a professional singer and was well-known in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay area. She started singing opera at the age of 15 and sang Handel’s Messiah. Irene also sang in many musicals and radio shows and entertained at military camps and hospitals during the Korean War era. She gave up her career to be with her husband and two sons.

Irene went to work as a secretary in the construction trade where she was a secretary for Operating Engineers Local #3. Irene and George moved to Longview in 1973 where she continued working for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union as a secretary for nine years and retired when that union merged with local 82.

Irene loved to tinker in her jewelry shop where she made rings and other jewelry items. She was also an accomplished seamstress and loved making her own clothes and items for the church. Irene totally enjoyed life and her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her younger son, Charles; her parents, George and Sylvia; two siblings, John and Marie; and a great-granddaughter.

She is survived by her eldest son, Gregory (Rebecca); her daughter-in-law, Barbara; four grandchildren, George Roy, Geoffrey Roy, Charles Roy, and Michelle (Roy) Ehrlich; and six great-grandchildren.

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