Irene Frances Andrews

Born in Bellaire, OH on July 24, 1926

Departed on March 8, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Irene Frances Andrews, age 93, of Gallatin, TN passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020. A celebration of life service for Irene will be held on Monday, March 16 at 10:00AM at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, with inurnment to follow in Hendersonville Memory Gardens Mausoleum. The family will accept visitors at Hendersonville Funeral Home in the stateroom on Sunday March 15 from 3:00PM – 6:00PM. Visitation will continue Monday morning at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church from 9:00AM until service time at 10:00AM.

Irene leaves behind a legacy of enduring love and compassion as a daughter, registered nurse, wife, mother, grandmother, & great grandmother. Her love of music led her to join the choir at First United Methodist Church in 1971 , and to found handbell choirs for youth and adults, which she led for 1 6 years. An active member of her Companions Sunday School class and her church, Irene started a Prayer Shawl ministry there in 2007. Irene had a rare creative talent which she continued to use until her last days. She handcrafted hundreds of museum-quality quilts and won multiple awards. A Master Quilter and certified quilt instructor, she was a charter member of the Tennessee Valley Quilters’ Association and the local Lakeshore Quilt Guild.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Loren Andrews; her parents, James and Rachel McGuire; her step-mother, Laura McGuire; and sister, Helen Bundy.
She is survived by her son, Bruce Andrews (Leslie); son, Keith Andrews (Judy) ; daughter, Joyce Adams (David), son, Brent Andrews (Sheila), daughter Gayle Sullivan (Steve). Grandchildren: Kimberly Kelley, Krista Post, Scott Andrews, Paul Andrews, Rachel Nunner, Catherine Andrews, Sarah Andrews, Carrie Alexander, Heather Henderson, Laura Ruff, Ashley Williams, Katie Jones, Jessica Deras, Jennifer Owens as well as 21 Great-Grandchildren; her sister Alice Sturtz (Donald) and numerous nieces & nephews.

Irene was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to many. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Companion Sunday School class at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church or Lakeshore Quilt Club. Alternatively you may donate to a nonprofit of your choice in Irene’s memory.

9 Comments to Irene Frances Andrews

  1. June Denning
    March 11, 2020 4:25 pm

    Ms Irene was always a shining light to my life. Always encourage me in my quilting and personal life. She will truly be missed in many ways. Love to her family as they look for ways to continue your lives without her.

  2. Rachel Skelley
    March 11, 2020 5:10 pm

    Aunt Irene was an amazing woman with a love for life that touched everyone who knew her. Her great sense of humor and sound of her laughter were contagious! I am a better person for having known her and blessed to have been her niece. My dear mother and her older sister have now been reunited in heaven and I’m confident they’re having quite a party! Aunt Irene, you were a woman of faith, my mother’s dear sister, and a loving, fun aunt. I’ll miss you…….
    With grateful love, Rachel Skelley

  3. Wendy Scowden
    March 11, 2020 7:43 pm

    Ms. Irene was the gracious lady who invited me into her home with open arms. I am so honored and thankful to God to have spent time with her talking and crocheting her last Monday on this earth.

  4. Byron Chaplin
    March 11, 2020 10:01 pm

    Wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. I’m priveleged to have known her and heard many fun stories of years gone by from her cousins including my mother. Well done, good & faithful servant! Irene’s certainly got many of Heaven’s residents in stitches!

  5. Patty Hanson
    March 13, 2020 10:42 am

    Irene was a BLESSING from GOD ! Moving from Indiana to Tennessee (where I knew no one), Irene
    lived across the street and became my confidant, friend and ” second mother ” ! We attended Bible
    Study Fellowship (BSF) together , a mentor and guide for any question I had . Also , Irene was a fantastic
    cook ,having “goodies” every time I crossed the street to visit . Creative , proud and willing to show and share
    her talents , I loved Irene !

  6. Gladys Robertson
    March 15, 2020 10:33 am

    Irene, There aren’t enough words to tell you what you meant to me. We had 33 years of love, sharing, and friendship. We sewed together, crocheted and knitted, talked, and yes we prayed together a lot. We would be talking about one thing or the other, whether it was a problem or just life, and you would say, ” lets pray about that”. We watched super bowl together, hockey and basket ball. You were a great sports partner.
    That day when you invited me to the quilt guild I knew, I had met a friend for life. Because that is what you were full of, LIFE. Living it to the fullest. Your care and concern for other people amazed me. Never did I ever hear a negative thing from you about anyone. Someone told me at our meeting that you were looking a her first quilt, which she said she knew was not too good. But you said, ‘your choice of fabrics are beautiful”.
    I have not yet get my head in a place that I can imagine not calling you for advice. Just having a cup of coffee or tea with you. Yes, she taught me to like hot tea.
    What a wonderful, full life you have lived. May the people you have touched, keep in their hearts your smile, your laughter, the fun you would have with everyone, things you taught them, and most of all your loving kindness.
    I could just go on and on with the stories about what we shared in classes, retreats, assembly days, quilt shows, and at your kitchen table. What fun we had when I got to spend the night with you last month. It was our slumber party.
    I thank God for placing you in my life. May you forever live on in me and everyone who was fortunate to know you, even if it was for only a moment. They will never forget you.
    I send my love and prayers to her wonderful family, who she loved dearly. May they find comfort during this very difficult time. No one, absolutely no one can replace a Mother.

  7. Mary Neal Glass
    March 15, 2020 10:34 am

    Tom and I are out of town. Therefore, we will not be able to personally express our sympathy for the death of Irene. She brought joy to us and our church. She witnessed with her positivity, her smile, and soft comforting voice. Such a loss for you and us.
    Our sincere sympathy,
    Mary Neal Glass

  8. Pat Flynn
    March 15, 2020 12:06 pm

    Irene was a friend to everyone! She will be greatly missed on earth!! Her QUILTS was always out of this world on color and on being a great creator of them! Thank you Irene!

  9. Sara Savells
    March 15, 2020 7:52 pm

    Irene was my good friend and neighbor. She was a kind, considerate, and loving person who always took time to talk and laugh. She made three quilts for my three grand daughters. We picked the material and patterns out together. Once a month the ladies on my street got together for a luncheon and she was always there and we had such great fun together. My thoughts go out to her wonderful family. I loved Irene and I will miss her. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🦋

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