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Irene Wilma Thrams was born on Feb. 5, 1927, at home in Mason City. She was one of four daughters born to Elmer A. and Florance Erma (Falcon) Thrams. Irene graduated from Mason City High School in 1944 and moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the FBI. It was in Washington, D.C., that she met her husband to be, Julius Thurman Floyd. His nickname was “Rebel”. Thurman was discharged from the United States Navy and on Nov. 30, 1947, they were united in marriage in Mason City. To this union two children were born: Richard Stephen and Cynthia Kay. The couple moved to Knoxville shortly afterward, where they celebrated 64 years of married life together in 2011. Irene started working at Bellamy Telephone Company in 1968, which later became the Contel Telephone Company, from which she retired after 18 years of service. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She also earned her 50-year pin with the Order of Eastern Star and served many more years. Irene was known throughout the Knoxville community for her chicken and noodles, pies and beautiful flower garden, which she shared with many in the community. She loved her flowers and vegetable garden and, even at the age of 87 years, was still gardening and canning. You could always find her in the yard with her flowers and directing those who helped her. Irene passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at the age of 88 years, eight months and 22 days at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella. Those left to honor her memory are her two children: R.Stephen Floyd of Knoxville, Cynthia (Gerry) Swan of Tavares, Fla.; a grandchild, Benjamin (Diana Shull) Knowles and great-grandchild, Adelyn (Addie) Shull; step-grandchildren, Greg (Jenny) Swan and Kalli (Tim) Axford; and four step-great-grandchildren. Of her original family, she leaves two sisters: Phyllis Luick of Mason City, and Dorothy Bredenbeck of Wilmington, N.C., and a sister-in-law Evelyn (Luther) Floyd of Marion, S.C. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, J. Thurman Floyd, on Sept. 19, 2012; her parents, Elmer and Florance Thrams; her sister, Eleanor Hunt; her parents-in-law, Crossie Hinson and Annie E. (Suggs) Floyd; and eight brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville was in charge of arrangements.
Published on  November 13, 2015
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