BRUNSWICK - Irene V. Dow, of Thornton Hall in Brunswick, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 peacefully at her home.
She was born in Winthrop on April 26, 1910, the daughter of Cicophas and Henrietta Hill Loon. She graduated from Winthrop High School in 1928 and from Farmington Normal School in 1930.
After graduation she taught the second grade in the Winthrop School System from 1930 to 1940.
She belonged to the National Retired Teachers Association and the Maine Retired Teachers Association.
She married Charles Dow of Jay on Sept. 20, 1940 and they lived in Livermore Falls and Jay from 1940 to 1980, when they left their home to move to Winthrop arid care for her sister and husband.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother throughout her life.
She leaves her husband, Charles to whom she was married for 64 years; two daughters, Diane Duane, and her husband, James of Holden, Mass., and Suzanne Austin and her husband, Michael of Brunswick; three grandchildren, Alan Duane and his wife, Jennifer, Andrea Young arid her husband, Michael, both from Massachusetts, and Adam Austin and his wife, Megan of Harpswell. She also leaves four great-grandchildren; a niece, Irene and her husband, Ian Smith of Pennsylvania; a nephew, Alton and his wife, Kay Barcelou of California.
In 1999, she and her husband moved to Topsham arid then to Brunswick in 2000.
She attended St. Charles Borromeo Church and was a former member of St. Rose de Lima Church in Jay and St. Frances Xavier in Winthrop.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Charles on Monday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m.