Irene Haden, age 85 of Sparta, Missouri, passed away, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri with her loving family by her side. She was born July 14, 1936 in Ava, Missouri the daughter of Ralph and Cora (Nave) Hampton. On June 20, 1955, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Jim Haden. This marriage was blessed with three beautiful girls, Deborah Lynn, Christine, and Jody.
Irene attended Ava High School and graduated in 1954. She and Jim resided in Davenport, Iowa before moving to Christian County where she enjoyed her family life. Irene was small in stature with a quiet personality but loved everyone with her huge heart. She was multi-talented with sewing skills, knitting, crocheting and making embroidered kitchen towels. Her green thumb was valuable for raising her beautiful plants and house flowers. Irene was also a faithful member of Sparta Church of Christ. Irene will be sadly missed but her loving memory will live on in the hearts of her wonderful family and friends.
Irene is survived by her loving husband of almost 67 years, Jim; two daughters Christine and husband Ed, Jody and husband Rob; five grandchildren Derek, David, Rusty, Brenda Jo and Darin; twelve great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other caring relatives. She was preceded in death by their infant daughter Deborah Lynn, parents Ralph and Cora Hampton, parents-in-law Francis Luin and Clara Mae Haden, sister Aileen Mackey and great-grandson Jakob Lietch.
Graveside funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 20, 2022 in Sparta Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Donations are suggested to Sparta Cemetery or Fair Haven Children’s Home, 3132 N. Fair Haven Loop, Strafford, Missouri 65757. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com