Irmal Louise Thackrey, 89, of Geneseo, died Friday, July 12, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village Nursing Home, Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating her life was held Tuesday, July 16 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo. Burial was in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. A visitation was held Monday, July 15 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Irmal Louise Thackrey Memorial Fund.
Louise was born on Sept. 27, 1923, in Moultin, Iowa, the daughter of Leonard C. Ullrick and Irma A. (Beard) Ullrick. Louise had five brothers and two sisters. At age 17, she married Orval P. Thackrey on Feb. 1, 1941. He died on Feb. 21, 2013. Louise and Orval had four children and were married for 72 years. She was a devoted wife and mother. After Orval’s discharge from the Army in 1945, Louise and Orval came to Cordova and later moved to Geneseo where she remained until her death.
Louise worked for A&P, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Orion Food Mart and Mac’s Variety Store. Louise also cleaned homes and sat with elderly women and helped with their care over the years. Louise enjoyed her husband, family and life.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Gutierrez; three sons, Ron (Lyn) Thackrey, Mike (Becky) Thackrey and Tim Thackrey; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren and two great-great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval; her parents; her five brothers and two sisters.