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Irene Greenhaw

May 8, 1926 — May 31, 2023

Irene A Polster Pickett Greenhaw went to her permanent home to live with the Lord on May 31, 2023 in Midland, TX. Irene was born on May 8, 1926 in Benjamin, TX. She lived there until graduating from high school in 1945, then moved to Ft. Worth, TX to enter Durhams Business College. Irene went to work for the War Administration during World War II. She met her first husband there, Max O. Pickett. They were married on Dec. 23, 1947 in the Pastor's Parsonage of St. Paul's Lutheran Church Ft Worth. She and her husband lived in Gladewater, TX until he went to work for B.F. Walker in Odessa, TX. where they lived until he passed away in May of 1970. Irene continued to live in Odessa until she met her second husband W.P. (Buzz) Greenhaw. He was from Hobbs, NM and after they married on March 30, 1972, Irene moved to Hobbs where they made their home. After Buzz retired, he and Irene traveled the U.S., Alaska, Canada and Hawaii. Irene was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hobbs, until she moved to Midland in March of 2018. She then became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Midland. While in Hobbs she was the chairman of the Board of Evangelism at Grace. She was their historian and enjoyed keeping the church's scrapbook up to date. She was also a member of the LWML (Lutheran Woman Missionary League) where she held various positions. She attended LWML Conventions all over the United States along with her friends. Irene was a charter member of Good Samaritan Nursing Home Volunteer Program along with being a member of the GFWC (General Federation Women's Club). This club had different units so Irene joined the Fashion Arts unit making her own clothing to model in shows. She was also a member of Home Arts doing various craft projects along with keeping their scrapbooks and winning 1st place at conventions. After the club was not able to gain new members because of the younger generation having to go to work during the war years, the club disband. All the monies they had made they donated to Hobbs Junior College to help all students with their tuition, books, etc. Irene even joined the Red Hat Society meeting with the ladies for lunch. Irene continued working in her church until her health started to decline and she couldn't live by herself. She first moved to Andrews, TX and lived with her husband's nephew in his mother-in-law's house, but soon realized she needed to be closer to her own family. She moved to Midland, and into Helen Greathouse Assisted Living at Manor Park. She gained numerous friends and enjoyed crafts, bingo and especially 42 on a weekly basis until she had a fall in August of 2022. Irene attended Tuesday morning Senior Bible study and joined their quilting group along with regularly attending church on Sunday mornings, riding with her favorite person, her nephew Fred, until she broke her ankle and her health began to decline. Her favorite Bible passage is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Irene is survived by her 3 nieces Margie Norton (Fred) of Midland, Phyllis Latham (John) of Waxahachie, and Melinda Luedecke (Pat) of Belton. 3 nephews G. David Penick (Paula) Magnolia, Wayne Polster (Celia) of Palestine and Gary Graham (Christy) of Buna and brother in law, David E Penick of Midland. She was preceded in death by her parents Betty and Walter Polster, brother Calvin Polster, sisters Geraldine Penick and Carolyn Graham and a niece Terry Diane Walden.

Pallbearers will be her nephews Mark Greenhaw, John Latham, Pat Luedecke, Fred Norton, G. David Penick, Wayne Polster, Brandon Mitchell and Greg Jungclaus.
Memorials may be made to either Grace Lutheran Church in Hobbs, Memorial Fund or Grace Lutheran Church in Midland, TX., debt retirement. Your attendance is a memorial to her, so NO flowers please.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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