Iva Irene Smith was born in Dexter, NM September 28, 1922 to the late Jim & Essie Caffall. The family moved to Hobbs in 1931 and resided at the Phillips Camp. Irene graduated from Hobbs High School in 1940. Irene worked at the old Air base as a seamstress. She was a past member of Gold Star Wives of America and The Women’s Auxiliary (Pink Ladies).
Irene married Lt. Jerry Wilcox in November 1944. They were stationed in Stuttgart, German in 1947 and 1948. She married N. R. Smith in 1952. Having four children Jeff Smith, Malia Mackay (Frank), Christy Riley. Irene worked at the old George’s Lounge and Restaurant for 20 years.
Irene has seven grandchildren Jessie, Sara, Evin, Brittany, Charlee, Katy and Sage, and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by Jerry Wilcox and her daughter Annaileen, four sisters; Minnie, Lorene, Aileen and Joann.
She leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Irene loved to read mysteries, work crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She loved to garden.
Sweet Granny you were so loved. I loved your sense of humor and I was honored to get to be a small part of your life. Thank you for loving me.
SHANNON PICKERINGHOBBS, NM
Christy and family - my thoughts and prayers are with your during this time of your loss. Irene was special to my dad and to me as well...I loved her very much. God be with you and know I miss seeing you and Irene, as well. She always had the best jokes! My love! Gary
GARY M BEALTOMBALL, TX