January 16, 1923 - March 1, 2018 - Irene Holdren, age 95, passed away peacefully on March 1.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Irene HoldrenIrene Holdren, age 95, passed away peacefully on March 1 surrounded by family in her home just south of Prineville. She was born to Christine Marie Burkhard and William Fredrick Voreyer in San Diego, California, on Jan. 16, 1923.

Irene met her handsome future husband, LeRoy Dennis Holdren, at the age of 17, while attending a dance class. They married on Sept. 21, 1942, and shared 70-plus years of marriage. LeRoy preceded her in death.

Irene's career was teaching. She held a Master's Degree; Reading Specialist-Special Education for grades K-8. She was in the classroom for 24 years, inspiring hundreds of children to love reading; love learning. She wrote and published children's books to help her students. One about bees is still listed on Amazon Books to this day.

Her hobbies and talents included oil painting, sewing, embroidery, piano, and genealogy research. Irene wrote and published her autobiography that includes tales of her grandfather Burkhard, who was instrumental in the founding of a small town in Southern Florida, which is now called Miami. This book can be found in numerous libraries across the United States.

Irene is survived by her daughters, Irene, married to Alan Fackrell, of Sweet Home, and Lynda, married to Thomas Massingham, of Prineville; nine grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be held Friday, March 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located on Second Street in Prineville, at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be 2 p.m. at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville.

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