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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Irene Quammen
July 20, 1920 - June 8, 2018

Place of Birth: Palermo, North Dakota
Residence: Stanley, North Dakota
Age: 97

Irene Christine was the first born on July 20, 1920 of 11 children raised by Conrad and Ida Annell. They were both Swedish immigrants and lived on a farm 7 miles south of Palermo.

Irene went to the Nichols school through the 8th grade. As money was very scarce during the 30’s, she was sent out to help people who were ill or pregnant. Sometimes she was paid a little money, but most of the time she was only given food.

The grass was nearly burned up because of the drought, so Irene would drive their cattle 3 miles to water and then grazed them back to the farm.

In 1939, the Annells moved to Chatfield, Manitoba in Canada. They loaded a boxcar with horses, machinery and household goods. Irene’s dad and brothers, Conrad and Carl rode in the railroad car and Irene drove the family car with her mother and 4 siblings to Canada.

Irene worked for about 3 years as a maid around Winnepeg. By that time, she was able to save up a great deal of money (77 dollars!), so she moved back to the States. She renewed her relationship with Gordon Quammen and they were married October 24, 1942. To this union, 4 children were born: Sandra, twin brothers, Stanley and Sanford and Susan.

Irene and Gordon built their own home in Stanley where Gordon was a long-time blacksmith and machinist. Irene ran the Dairy Queen for 10 years. She also painted and papered houses for many folks in the area. She baked wedding cakes for area people and rolls, cookies, cakes and pies for local restaurants.

After Gordon retired, they traveled through about half of the states in the U.S. and at least 4 Canadian provinces.

On June 8, 2018, Irene passed away peacefully in the same bedroom that she had had for over 70 years.

Irene is survived by her 4 children, their spouses, 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Lillian, Janice, Esther and Ellen; brother, Marvin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 62 years, Gordon; brothers, Carl, Conrad and Niels; and sisters, Elvina and Marjorie.

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BRUCE RODENHIZER (STANLEY, N.D.)
Jun 11, 2018
MY SINCERE SYMPATHIES TO IRENE'S FAMILY & MAY HER PRECIOUS MEMORIES BLESS & SUSTAIIN US ALL IN THE DAYS & YEARS TO COME & MAY THIS BE OUR PRAYER,O LORD HELP US ALL WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A GREAT LOSS TO BE GRATFUL & THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE,AMEN WITH MUCH LOVE & PRAYERS FROM A LONG TIME FRIEND BRUCE RODENHIZER
Micheal S Davis (Jonesboro , Louisiana )
Jun 13, 2018
Rest In Peace sweet lady
Jeff Schaefer
Jun 15, 2018
Sorry to hear of Irene's passing. I enjoyed visiting with her during my years at Stanley.
Carol Ann Jones (Stanley, ND)
Jun 18, 2018
My heartfelt sympathy to Irene's Family. Sending special prayers to Sandy, who has spent many years taking care of her mother.
Cindy and Dan Irmen (Sun City, AZ)
Jun 19, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to Irene's family. I remember working for her at the Dairy Queen when I was in high school. We're so sorry for your loss Sandy, Stan, Sanford and Suzie. Love, hugs and prayers to you all.
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