Irene was the daughter of Henry and Elva (Malan) Avondet, the fourth of 10 children.
She was a longtime employee of MFA and Farmland Co-op.
Irene enjoyed gardening, sewing, was appreciated as an excellent cook and enjoyed her family and friends. She also loved spending the summers with her grandchildren.
Irene is survived by her son: James (Jim) Henson, of Pierce City; daughter, Linda Sanders; granddaughter: Lisa Riner, and husband, Bruce; and two great-grandchildren: Amber and Luke, of Winter Park, Fla.
Irene is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul Henson and grandson, Craig Sanders. She was also preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters: Wilma Easson, Albert Avondet, Helen Wormington, Edward Avondet, Novetta Helmkamp, Louis Avondet and Henrietta Bowen.
Surviving siblings are Willadean Chapman and Henry Avondet, Jr.