Irene Allison Mike, 96, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Ruth, Nevada on November 26, 2014.
She was born February 9, 1918 in Duckwater to Tom Allison and Minnie Blackeye Allison.
Irene grew up in Duckwater. She received her education in a one room school located below what was the Halstead/Forsgren Ranch.
Irene married Johnny Mike in 1948 following traditional Shoshone custom and in a civil ceremony on December 10, 1962 in Eureka, Nevada. She was a housewife for all of her adult life and she raised four children with love, strength, conviction, wisdom, and faith.
Irene enjoyed making quilts, braided rugs, and crocheting. She proudly gave all her children and grandchildren the quilts and braided rugs she made.
Irene loved cultural activities like attending gatherings to reconnect with relatives and friends, to watch her husband play hand games and to play “five card” or what is commonly referred to as the “Whobejo” game. She also enjoyed basket weaving, beading, camping, and picking pinenuts.
Irene is survived by her children; Ruby Sam, Duckwater, NV; Joyce Mike Dyer (Wesley) ElReno, OK; Richard L. Mike (Christa) Ely, NV, and daughter Adeline Mike, Ruth, NV; grandchildren; Keith Honaker (Wendy), Robin Parry (John), Rayvn Dyer, step-grandchildren; Amy, Joe and Jason Farnsworth, Great-grandsons; Lee Walker (Janet) and Tieler Summerlin.
She was preceded in death by her husband Johnny Mike, son, Leonard Mike, grandchild, Adeline Ruby Dyer, great-grandchild, Kolby James Parry; mother, Minnie, Father, Tom Allison, sisters; Sophie Allison, Lucille Estella, Bernice Kerna, Madeline Hasselgessser, brothers; Albert and Andrew Allison.
Pallbearers: John Parry, Jason Farnsworth, Darrell Thompson, Jr., Lee Walker, Duane Sam and Cordell Mike.
Honorary Pallbearers: Henry Blackeye, Nye Penoli, Wesley Allison, Daniel Mike, Tony & Sheldon Baca.