She was married to the late Jack P. Cove who died November 10, 1991.
Born in England, on October 7, 1920, the daughter of the late Richard H. and Nellie (Smith) Coleman. She was a graduate of the Melbourne Girls High School in Leister, England with the class of 1936, and the Leister Technical College graduating in 1938.
Upon her graduation from college she was drafted into the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War II, the same Company that Queen Elizabeth was in. She ranked as Sergeant with the ATS Women’s Auxiliary-Territorial.
Irene moved to the United States in 1946, and at the age of 49 and went to work at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell.
A member of the Church of the Nazarene, she was involved in the Churches’ Board, as a Sunday School teacher, a Choir member, Nursery Director and was active in the Mary-Martha Society. She was also a member of the Pelham Senior Citizens Center.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell B. and Catherine (Kane) Cove of Pelham, NH, and Phillip H. and Glennis (Williams) Cove of Oklahoma City, OK; two daughters, Trina Eliandes of California, and Joan and her husband, Frank Norstrom of Nashua, NH; a sister, Hilda Ringshall of England; three sisters-in-law, Jean Coleman, Dorothy Coleman, and Jean Coleman all of England; nine grandchildren, Evan and his wife, Paige Cove, Jaclyn Cove and Benjamin and his wife, Amanda Cove, Heather Cove, Terry, Taryn and Tammy Eliades, and Karen and Kortina Norstrom, and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Stanley Coleman who died in 1998, Richard H. Coleman who died in 1994, and Edward Coleman who died in 1993, all of England.
Visiting hours Thurs. 4 to 8 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. A Funeral Service will be Fri. at 10AM at the Church of the Nazarene, Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA. Burial in Central Cemetery, Dunstable, MA. Memorials may be made in her name to the Cove Memorial Keyboard Foundation c/o First Church of the Nazarene, 1195 Varnum Ave. Lowell, MA 01854. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.