G. Irene Unruh, 90, died Feb. 16, 2021 at her home in Garden City, KS. She was born Jan. 14, 1931 in the Lexington Community of Clark County, KS. She was the daughter of John Virgil and Jennie May (Vallentine) Crane. She attended high school in Ashland, KS, where she graduated in 1950. Irene then attended nursing school at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, KS, where she has lived since. Irene worked as a registered nurse at St. Catherine Hospital for 47 years, retiring in 1996. She worked in the maternity ward and hospital leadership.
In 1953, she married David Unruh in Ashland, KS. Irene also was a co-owner and operator of the Antique Needle in Garden City, KS. She was a member of Turning Point Church of the Nazarene and the Sandhill Art Association. Irene loved arts and crafts, painting, embroidery, photography, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren. She also had a very strong faith and loved life.
Survivors include four children, Roger Unruh and spouse Sara of Garden City, KS, Nancy Smith and Spouse Chuck of Madison, KS, Judy Unruh and spouse Vicki Gebhart of Hutchinson, KS, and Tom Unruh of Garden City, KS; a son-in-law, Dennis Scott of Independence, KS; 10 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. Irene is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Linda Scott; a brother, Guy Crane; two sisters, Ellen McPhail and Eula Mae Crane; and a grandson.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2021 at Turning Point Church of the Nazarene in Garden City, KS. A private family interment will take place at a later date. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to Turning Point Church of the Nazarene in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City, KS. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Posted online on February 17, 2021