Irma Isabelle (Hunley) QueenAugust 12, 1924 ~ October 23, 2017 (age 93)
Irma Isabelle Queen, a beloved wife and mother, died peacefully at the age of 93 on October 23, 2017. Born in Scioto Furnace, Irma graduated from South Webster High School in 1941 and studied cosmetology in Columbus, Ohio, before returning home to open a beauty salon. In 1947, she married the love of her life, Leslie Ellsworth Queen, and they cherished their only son, James.
Irma found contentment in being home, where she nurtured lovely roses, rolled out delicious homemade noodles, worked crossword puzzles, and could write the most beautiful cursive Q in cards to family and friends. She loved the Hummel figurines that her husband bought to celebrate special events, and she knew instantly if one was turned out of place. When family visited, she fluttered around her small kitchen, sometimes serving cookies or crackers and juice in jelly jars. Despite her small stature, Irma had a quiet strength, surviving two near-death experiences and running her own salon at a time when few women worked outside the home. She gave generously to numerous charities but was frugal herself, wearing her favorite sweaters for decades while new ones sat in dresser drawers. Even after she stopped operating her home salon, Irma loved the weekly visits to have her hair styled. She was ever the lady, dignified, demure, and graceful.
Irma’s greatest achievement was her family: a marriage of 53 years to Leslie, and her son and daughter-in-law, James and Beverly, who brought her great joy. Her legacy lives on in two grandchildren, Jeffrey D. Queen (Richelle) and Amber Queen Michi (Jimmy); four great-grandchildren, Toria Queen, Quincy Kasper, Madeline Queen, and Griffin Queen; and one great-great-grandson due in December. She is also survived by two sisters, Helen Bennington and Carol Kegley. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Charles Hunley and Elizabeth Hunley Fulk, stepfather, Elzie Fulk; and three siblings, Bernard Hunley, Delhia Davis, and Betty Porter. The family is deeply grateful for the dedicated staff of Best Care Nursing Home in Wheelersburg, who offered comfort and peace to Irma in her final years.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6 - 8 p.m. at D. W. SWICK-NELSON FUNERAL HOME in South Webster, followed by a graveside service on Thursday at 3 p.m. at South Webster Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.DWSwickNelsonFuneralHome.com.