Irene Elizabeth Crotts

March 16, 2010

By Staff

Irene Crotts

Irene Elizabeth Crotts, of Issaquah, died peacefully Monday, March 1, 2010. She was 86.A celebration of Irene’s life will be at 2 p.m. April 10 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way. Guests will be encouraged to share a favorite memory during the celebration.

Her children, other family and dear friends were by her side during her nine-month, spirited battle following surgery in May.

Irene was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Clay Center, Kan., to William Alexander and Sarah Elizabeth Spiers. At age 13, the family moved to Chehalis, where Irene graduated from Chehalis High School in 1941 before moving to Seattle to embark on a career.

She met Delbert Leigh Crotts and they married in 1946, raising their children in Renton, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore. In 1999, Irene moved from Portland to Issaquah, where she readily established an additional network of friends, as she was active in church, bridge, sewing, and time spent with friends and family.

Irene was a devoted and passionate mother with tremendous energy and positive spirit. She had a detailed memory and enjoyed family history, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Yahtze and bridge. She never missed a family event or occasion and enjoyed traveling later in life to Europe, New Zealand and Hawaii, in addition to local trips to the Oregon Coast, Central Oregon, the San Juans and to the Midwest for a family reunion in 2008.

Irene was greatly valued by her family and friends, and leaves a legacy of love, devotion, fond memories and wonderful stories.

Survivors include her sons Lawrence (Larry), of North Bend, and James (Jim), of Seattle; daughter Susan, of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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