She was married to the late Nelson H. Cooke.
Born in Boston, MA on March 8, 1927 the daughter of the late George William Swales and Alice Gertrude (Carney) Swales. She graduated from the High School of Practical Arts in Roxbury with the class of 1945.
Irene retired as a home health aid for the Lowell VNA and Respite Care in Chelmsford in 1993. Previously she worked at White Towers Restaurant in Park Square in Boston, and Sun Spot Restaurant in Leachmere Square. She worked at J.M. Fields Department Store in Chelmsford, Pollard’s Department Store in Lowell.
Irene was a member of AARP, Guild Member of the Poor Claire Nuns in Tewksbury, Chelmsford Senior Citizens Club, and a past member of Coffee Klatchers Bowling League, and Holiday Fitness Center. Mrs. Cooke was an avid swimmer.
She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and a member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality.
Irene is survived by her daughters, Irene B. Knox of Chelmsford, and Elizabeth Jean and her husband Bradley Ryan of Billerica; sons, Nelson H.C. Cooke and his wife Juliana Cooke of Hayward, CA, David S. Cooke and his wife Lillian of Gig Harbor, WA, Philip R. Cooke and his wife Tracy of Raleigh, NC; eleven grandchildren, many great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was the sister of the late George W. Swales, Alice G. Copithorn, Midred L. Joyce and Mother in law of the late John Paul Knox.
She is survived by her sister Margaret T. Prishwalko.