I met Irene through my aunt, who was a friend of hers. No one would be surprised that she became a friend of our family as a result. People were drawn to her--so easy to understand. I remember so many fun and funny times with her at events, parties and on trips. I think that, of her many outstanding qualities, her joyfulness and grand sense of humor were two of my favorites. I loved her stories, often laughing til I cried. I think this memory of about 30 years ago personifies who Irene was. We were organizing the family party for our son's fifth birthday, and the one person he wanted me to be sure to invite was Irene. I told him she might be busy, but he was insistent. So I invited her, and, of course, she came. My son was delighted, and still speaks fondly of her.