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Irene J. Drennen

December 24, 1929 — February 3, 2024

Irene Jane (Mullins) Drennen

Irene went home to the Lord on February 3, 2024. She was the oldest child of Ira and Rosa Bell (Koch) Mullins born December 24, 1929 at Queen Shoals, Clay County, West Virginia.

She married Jernie A. Drennen July 21, 1946 at Clay West Virginia. The family moved to New York after Jernie was paralyzed in a mining accident. Irene found work wherever she could, and she retired from Owens Illinois in 1984 after 19 ½ years.

Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II taught Irene how to work hard and survive. She worked for everything she had and took pride in her home, gardens, and flower beds. She loved her “Babies” and could not wait to see them when they came to visit. She enjoyed traveling with family and Richard for his Air Force reunions, which is evident in the multitude of pictures.

Along with her parents, Irene was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Jernie Drennen- sons Clarence “Butch” Drennen and Damon “Duke” Drennen- daughter Louise Kuhns, grandson William Carleton, siblings Oliver Mullins (in infancy), Darryl “Moon” Mullins, Virgle Mullins, Pearl Davis, and Vera Mae Daniels. She was also predeceased by her special friend Richard Meinhardt.

Irene is survived by her daughters Patricia (Charles Jr) Andrews of Albion NY, Susie Rushbrook of Albion NY, daughter in law Marie Drennen of Brockport NY, daughter in law Betty Drennen of China Grove, NC. siblings- Bob (Mary) Mullins of Albion, NY and Rosetta (Elbert) Patton of Sanford, NC. 10 grandchildren including Reni (Calvin) Maines of Mifflin, Pa, 13 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. She also leaves behind special friends- Sandy and Dirk Climenhaga.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home 21 West Ave Albion, NY on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00-12:00pm where a time to share stories and celebrate her life will follow at 12:00pm. Burial will be beside her husband Jernie at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Irene’s name may be made to Rochester Regional Health Foundations (Hildebrandt Hospice) 330 Monroe Avenue, Suite 400 Rochester, NY 14607.

To share a special memory of Irene, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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Calling Hours

Saturday, February 10, 2024

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home - Albion

21 West Ave, Albion, NY 14411

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, February 10, 2024

12:00 - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home - Albion

21 West Ave, Albion, NY 14411

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Interment

Saturday, February 10, 2024

1:00 - 1:15 pm (Eastern time)

Mt. Albion Cemetery

Route 31, Albion, NY 14411

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