MISSOULA - Irene Malcom passed away at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula on Nov. 17, 2008. Irene had just celebrated her 90th birthday.
Irene was born to Winifred and Adolph Erdman in Willow City, N.D., on Nov. 10, 1918. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Malcom; brothers Vern, Lahre, Alfred and Don; sisters Eleanor and Jean. Irene is survived by her daughter Irene and grandson Justin Shumway of Joliet; and a sister, Margaret in Minot, N.D.
Mom was very proud of her military service in WWII. She served in the CBI (China, Burma, India), stationed in Calcutta, India. Mom served five years in the Army. After the Army, she went to school in Minot to become a teacher. In 1970, Irene retired and helped Russell work the farm in eastern Montana in the Brockway community. Irene was involved in the Farmer Union and went on several trips and conventions in various states. Irene was an accomplished quilt maker and made some of the most gorgeous quilts. Mom had seen most of the world and had some good stories to tell, but she loved the open spaces of eastern Montana most.
Funeral services, Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m., at the Community Church in Terry.