Irene May Cove of Pelham, NH

1920 - 2015


September 24, 2015
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dolan Funeral Home


September 25, 2015
10:00 AM
First Church of the Nazarene

5630 CoveIrene M. (Coleman) Cove of Pelham, NH, died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH.

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.


6 Condolences for Irene May Cove of Pelham, NH

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    June Kelley


    Such a sweet, godly woman. She will be missed. Have wonderful childhood memories of “Uncle” Jack and “Aunt” Irene.

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    Mary Lou Babin


    Oh, so sorry to hear this, but know she’s in God’s hands now and loving it. I remember when
    we were 12 years old, we stayed up in MASS. after a family vacation and had so much fun staying with Jack and Irene . Blessings on the service and her memory.

    Mary Lou Cove Babin

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    Bethany Nicholson


    She really took care of my mom emotionally when she was at the nursing facility. Such a bright and fun conversationalist! My son loved hearing her talk about the bombers who husband Jack would fly! wonderful membories!

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    Arlene E. Putnam


    I’ll never forget Irene. She and Jack were wonderful people. I remember all the good times when she and Jack had the teens over to their house in Dunstable playing games in her basement. She was a great lady. I will miss her. She was a sweet lady and I loved listening to her talk with her English accent. I am looking forward to meeting her again in our heavenly home that God has prepared for all His follower’s. Arlene

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    Karin Ostrom


    It’s hard to remember Nana without Gramps. I remember when they brought Uncle Darrell (when he was in Junior High school) out to visit us in Southern California when I was real young. I stood on the street corner eagerly waiting and wondering why it took so long to arrive. I went and saw her in Pelham about 15 years ago, it was a nice visit. I haven’t had a chance to get back East very often. She’ll be missed.

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    Tracy Eliades


    I remember Irene from the day she first arrived here in the USA. She and Jack moved into my mothers apartment in Groton when I was just a kid. I was fascinated by her slight accent and her choice of words….so British. All my life we stayed in touch. She was always active helping in the nursery at church and serving on many boards for years. She was a good woman. Always serving her family and friends. She has been looking forward to this day; being with her Lord Jesus in Heaven, all her adult life.

    Thank you for your faithfulness and example.



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