In memory of
Irene Boyle
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In memory of
Irene Boyle
Betty Irene Boyle Butte —Betty Irene Boyle passed away February 8, 2017, just three days short of her 97th birthday. Irene was born February 11, 1920, the third child of Jim and Lil Todd in Butte, MT. She was raised on Hornet Street with her two sisters, Dorothy and Pearl, and brother Jim. She attended Butte Public Schools and was a graduate of Butte High School. Irene married the love of her life, Charlie Boyle, a true Irishman, on September 8, 1946. To this union they had had three sons, Chuck, Jim, and John, all raised in Butte until 1960 when Charlie was transferred with the Anaconda Company and the family moved to Great Falls. Irene and Charlie loved Great Falls and the many friends they made there, but still called Butte their home. In 1975, they moved back to their beloved Butte. Irene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charlie, sister Dorothy and husband Stan Cloke, sister Pearl and husband Hank Spear, brother Jim Todd and wife Clancy, daughter-in-law, Kerry McMennus, and nieces and nephews Janice Spear, Mark Spear, Todd Cloke, Tim Todd, Bob Todd, and Chips Staley, and brothers-in-law, Pug Boyle, Ed Boyle, Jim Lyons, and Pat Lyons. Irene is survived by her three sons, Chuck (Coleen), Jim (Debby), and John (Kim Arnot), six grandchildren, Kelsey Dick (Ryan), Mike Boyle (Kim), Conor Boyle, Callie Boyle (Matt Moore), Pat Boyle (Mollie) and Colin Boyle (Madelyn), ten great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Throughout her life, Irene was an avid sports fan but was especially partial to the Denver Broncos. She loved watching her boys play sports and weathered hundreds of softball tournaments. Although her main career was a homemaker, Irene held several jobs and loved working for Bobby Dennehy at Head Start. While living in Great Falls, Irene and Charlie's home was always full of guests (mostly from Butte), and the Butte stories would fly with heavy laughter as everyone would enjoy one of Irene's "High Balls". There is little doubt that Irene made the best Cornish Pasty in the city of Butte, just ask anyone who ate one and they would agree. Her banana bread was legendary and heated arguments often broke out over who would get the last slice of her chocolate Swiss Roll. Up until her death, "Grandma Rene" was a staple at Sunday Family Dinner, where she offered her second-to-none football commentary and never turned down dessert. Her beaming smile and sense of humor will be sorely missed. Irene greeted her all grandkids and great-grandkids with a big kiss, and signed all of their birthday cards with x's and o's. The family would like to thank the staff at the Copper Ridge, especially Margie Durkin and Debbie Webster, for the care and compassion they showed Irene during her stay with them. Duggan Dolan Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements. Visitation will begin on Saturday, February 18th in St. Ann's Catholic Church at 10:00 followed by a funeral mass at 11:00. After internment at Holy Cross Cemetery, a reception is planned at the Butte Country Club. In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your favorite charity or to the Head Start program. "Good night Irene, we'll see you in our dreams." xxoo
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