Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Irene Roland, age 102, formerly of Corning, who passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020 in Greenfield will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick's Parish Center in Corning. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services with the family greeting friends. Memorials may be given in Irene's name. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda & Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.
Lois Irene (McKay) Roland was born March 19, 1917, on the family farm in Mercer Township, Adams County, Iowa the daughter of Florance McKay and Mattie Jones (Badgett) McKay. When Irene was 11 years old the family built a new house on the farm which is the home of Kirk and Lynn Brandt today. Irene's brother Melvin was born in1920 to complete the family. She grew up attending rural schools, a couple of miles north of the farm for grades 1st through 8th, graduating at the top of her class from Corning High School with the Class of 1934. Her father would take her to school for the first of the week and she would stay in a boarding house the rest of the week to attend school, going back home on the weekends. Later she would be allowed to drive to school and home. Irene lost her mother Mattie in 1936, when she was just 19 years old. She worked in Parker's Jewelry Store in Corning which was on the west side of Main Street and the Roland Furniture and Funeral Home was on the east side of Main Street. One can only guess this is how Francis and Irene met! On August 23, 1940 Irene was united in marriage to Francis P. Roland at the Church Parish in Exeter, Missouri. After their marriage the couple lived in an apartment over the Roland Furniture and Funeral Home on Main Street. To this loving union two sons were born, Boyd and Charles.
The couple made their home in Corning, later moving to the family farm south of Corning. Irene was a homemaker most of her life except for the eleven years she worked for the National Farmer's Organization (NFO), until her retirement in 1978. She and Francis enjoyed their family, friends and the Camping Club. Together they were able to enjoy a few trips together. Francis passed away in 1989. After his death, Irene was employed at the funeral home in Corning under both Joe Powers and Alan Ritchie. She enjoyed serving the community and many hours were spent laminating articles from the newspapers and sending them along with well wishes to many community members. She had a wonderful time at her 90th birthday party at St. Patrick's Parish Center twelve years ago. In 2009, she moved to Ankeny, Iowa where she made her home with her son Charles and his wife Coral.
Left to cherish Irene's memory is her son Charles Roland and wife Coral and their children James wife Holly, Brad and wife Katie, Matt and wife Shelli, Rachel and husband Calvin, Nicole and husband Nick of Ankeny, Iowa and foster son, Justin Ryan and wife Holly of Florida; daughter-in-law, Peggy Miller Roland and their children Daci and Jeff Meyer and Boyd Clinton and Karmen; along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Preceding Irene in death are her parents, Florance and Mattie McKay; her loving husband Francis Roland; a brother Melvin McKay in 2003; and her son Boyd Francis Roland, in December of 2006.
Irene was a wonderful gift we will carry in our hearts forever.
May she be at peace in God's loving care.
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