Jeannene F Irby, 92, long time Alamogordo resident, peacefully passed away on March 18, 2021 at The Aristocrat Assisted Living in Alamogordo where she was lovingly and respectfully cared for. The staff at The Aristocrat loved her and cared for her for almost 6 years as she battled Alzheimers disease.
Jeannene was born October 29,1928 in Anadarko Oklahoma to Fay and Lucille Stiles. She grew up in Clinton, Oklahoma where she graduated from high school before attending South Western State College in Weatherford Oklahoma. While attending South-Western State, she was the bookkeeper and assistant business manager for the college. In 1949, Jeannene met and married Dillard B. Irby, to whom she was married for almost 25 years. The couple was blessed with 3 daughters.
Early in their marriage, they moved to Hagerman, NM where Jeannene was hired as the only employee at the First National Bank of Hagerman and also the City Branch Bank in Dexter, NM. Being the only employee at both locations, she was solely responsible for all the community's banking needs. In 1964, the family moved to Alamogordo, where Jeannene worked as a lunch room cashier at North Elementary School for several years before starting a career with Alamogordo Federal Savings and Loan (Now Bank 34) in 1970. She was hired as a teller and after transferring to the loan department, was promoted several times before retiring as vice president in 1990. She enjoyed helping the savings and loan members and took great pride in her attention to detail.
In addition to her professional life, Jeannene was an active and longtime member of Eastern Star, Alamo chapter 11. She enjoyed helping with all of the organization's projects including the yearly gingerbread house fund raiser.
After she retired, Jeannene, wanting to stay busy and continue to serve the public, began volunteering with the Hospital Auxiliary at GCRMC. She lent her expertise in the medical records department for 11 years where she was considered the department's "Mom". She loved and was loved by all those in the department.
She was a long time member of Grace United Methodist Church. Her faith was very important to her. Jeannene was a two time cancer survivor, and she credits her faith to getting her through those challenging times.
She loved crafting, cooking and sewing and took great delight in sharing her finished projects with family, friends, and the organizations that she was proud to be a part of.
Jeannene was a loving mother and grandmother. Her family was very important to her and never missed an opportunity to tell her daughters and their families how much she Ioved them and was proud of them.
She is survived by her 3 daughters and their families, Denise Baker and husband Monte of Roswell, NM, Rene Teller and husband Steve of Alamogordo, and Cheree Dennett of Tularosa NM; 5 Grandchildren, Dusty Baker and wife Carolyn of Roswell, Matt Baker of Roswell, Brian Teller and wife Jody of Midland, TX, DanieI Teller and wife Kristi Tomball, TX, and Chelsea Dennett of Alamogordo. She is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, Paige and Logan Baker, Jeremiah, Susanna, and Mary Lea Teller, and Lily Teller.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Encompass Hospice (1096 Mechem Dr. Ste 302B, Ruidoso, NM 88345) or the Alzheimer's Association.
The family will greet friends at 1:00 pm on March 25, 2021 at Scenic Chapel with burial to follow at Monte Vista Cemetery at 3:00 pm
Due to the COVID Pandemic, occupancy at the visitation is limited to no more than 10 people at a time. Further, attendance at the graveside is limited to 10 people as well. Please practice social distancing at all times. Thank you for adhering to the Department of Health mandate.
The Irby family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Scenic Chapel to direct the funeral services.
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