Irene Violet Greene

November 1, 1943 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Irene Greene Obituary

Irene Violet Greene gained her wings on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. Irene was born in Mallaig, Alberta, Canada on November 1, 1943, to May and Pete (Come) Robitaille. She was the 5th of nine girls and two boys. 

Irene was raised Catholic and attended school in Mallaig. In high school, she left for Edmonton, Alberta where she attended beauty school at Marvel College. Once she became a hairdresser, her parents set her up in her own shop in Mallaig where she had success until a fire destroyed her shop. After, Irene moved in with her sister , Laurette in Warburg. Eventually, she moved to Vancouver where she had her own shop above a bowling alley. This is where she had shined as a hairdresser with clients such as Etta James, Diana Ross and the Supremes. Later, Irene made her way to Seattle where her sister, Sherry lived. 

It was the Central District on 23th and Jackson that Irene met her then husband, they married and had four children, Brian, Tina, Joe, Jr. and Charlene. The family settled in Federal Way for some time and then decided to move to Alberta, Canada once Nixon was in office. when Nixon was ousted, the family returned to the states. At this time, Irene became a Seattle School District bus driver for Laidlaw and served as a shop steward for Teamsters. She was a strong advocate for workers’ rights and even marched side by side with Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. in Las Vegas, NV boycotting companies that did not support union workers. She retired in the early 2000s.

Music was a passion that Irene had. As a child she played the guitar and sang. As an adult, she would play the organ beautifully and had a music collection of all genres, from the C&W to the blues. Irene was the first to have her nails done with acrylic and there would never be a time that you would see her without them being done. 

Family and friendship was everything to Irene. Amelia, Jessie, JC and Mikki were her closest friends and sisters of another mister. 

Living out the rest of her days, Irene was surround with love by her children and grandchildren. 

To cherish in loving memory, she leaves behind her children, Brian (Donna), Tina (Eldon), Joe, Jr. and Charlene, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, siblings, Alice Arsenault, Diane Laurie, Marlene (Omer) Plaquin, Brenda Robitaille, Donnie (Dawn) Robitaille, Peter Robitaille and a host of nieces and nephews.

Irene is preceded in death by her mother and father, May and Pete, grandchildren, Essence “EsseyMae,” Dakota “Coty,” great-grandson, Treyvon, sisters, Margarette, Laurette, Sherry and Connie.

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January 27, 2024

12:00 PM to 12:50 PM
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
124 21st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Funeral Service
January 27, 2024

1:00 PM
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
124 21st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

January 30, 2024

11:00 AM
Hillcrest Burial Park
1005 Reiten Rd
Kent, WA 98030


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