August 30, 1926 – January 31, 2013
Irene was born August 30, 1926 in Murrurundi New South Wales, Australia and passed away January 31, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
Irene lived in Black Hawk from 1999 – 2009. She worked the night shift at Harvey’s Wagon Wheel/ Fortune Valley casinos at the gift shop. She attended St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Central City.
Irene graduated from a Catholic School in 1943, and trained for nursing through the Red Cross. She served as a nurse during World War II in Australia. She made quite a bit of difference in many people’s lives. Irene came to the Unites Stated in 1947 on the USS Phoenix (first war bride ship).
Irene was an active member of the Aerie and the Legion. She loved to gamble, play the piano, dance, and meet new people.
Irene is survived by sisters Judy Dickinson, Doreen Elion, Ruthie Dunshea, and Mona Twede; brother John Dunshea; her daughter Diane Cales of Black Hawk, CO; six grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Percy and Esme Dunshea; sister Mildred Dunshea-Farquharson; brother Harold Dunshea; husband Rodger Lemieux; son Harold Davies; and great granddaughter Ciara Woolsey.