Irene D. Gordon
Irene Dorothy Gordon, 90, passed away on October 11, 2016 in Cumming, Georgia after complications during surgery. She was born in Rumford, Maine on August 26, 1926. Her parents were Arthur and Ethyl Broomhall. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Leo Eugene Gordon. She is survived by her five children William Gordon, Christy Green (Burt), James Gordon (Gloria), Robert Gordon (Lanae) and Richard Gordon. She had nine grandchildren- Seth Gordon, Modesty McNally, Brett Gordon, Kirk Gordon, Heather Roseland, Michael Gordon, Nicholas Gordon, Ashley Gordon and Michelle Gordon and seven great - grandchildren Stella, Jacob, Sabryn, Kiernan, Kaitlyn, Chase and Kaliegh. Irene was pre-deceased by siblings Victor Broomhall, William Cy Broomhall, Charles Slim Broomhall, Margaret Peggy Broomhall and Robert Bobby Broomhall. She is survived by siblings Wendall Chummey Broomhall, Ethelyne Broomhall, Ruth Scammon, Erlon Bucky Broomhall, Raymond Broomhall and Phillip Butch Broomhall. Irene and Leo moved to Worcester, Massachusetts in the early 1950s and to Marlboro, Massachusetts in the late 1950s. The family lived for over 50 years on the shores of Ft. Meadow reservoir. The lake provided years of fun through fishing, boating, skiing, ice hockey and swimming. Irene worked at the historic Wayside Inn located in Sudbury, Massachusetts where she was the lead hostess for over 20 years. Her work ethic was strong but she never let it get in the way of taking care of her family. Up until her death, she was able to travel extensively to visit children in Illinois, Georgia and Florida. She spent her 80th birthday in Hawaii with her children. She loved to play the penny slots and was known to be seen in gambling establishments and Bingo halls from Las Vegas to the east coast up to her 90th birthday. While she loved her family, she turned fiercely competitive if you got her in a game of Cribbage! Bingo halls from Las Vegas to the east coast up to her 90th birthday. While she loved her family, she turned fiercely competitive if you got her in a game of Cribbage! Irene was a giver and never asked for anything in return but a hug and a kiss. For someone who never achieved tremendous wealth, she gave not only her money, but her time, advice and compassion. Her love of her family kept her active and alive for 90 years. Even at that age, the expectation was that she would live for another 10 or 20 years as her mind was exceptionally sharp and her body wasnt far behind. Her family and friends already miss her tremendously. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and other staff at Northside Hospital for their care of Irene in her final days. They were especially touched by the outpouring of support and kind words from Irenes friends and extended family. Irenes final requests included cremation and that her ashes be placed in the family plot alongside her husband Leo at St. Johns Cemetery in Rumford, Maine. The family will honor those wishes on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10 a.m. with a short service followed by a celebration of her life immediately following at the Rumford Eagles Banquet room.
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