12/19/2009 at 11:22 PM
Nee James - a rural upbringing in the Taranaki below Te Maunga Taranaki (known in those days as Mt Egmont) became the lifelong province for this caring and loved woman. From a farm at Tariki the James family moved to another farm near Manaia on the opposite side of Te Maunga. And eventually the family settle in the town of Opunake.
Under the watchful eye and stern control of their father and mother the six James kids played, schooled, worked, married, raised families and eventually died in the provence of their birth and alegiance.
Irene and Len were twins and their bonding and lifetime friendship was strong. In fact, Uncle Len became more a father figure to Irene's sons Bob & Joe. Perhaps the watchful eyes of Grand-dad and Granny James weren't as keen as they hoped because the fertility of the Taranaki soil produced for Irene May s son named Robert James (father Eynon), a son named Joseph James (father Rangihawe) and four other children. The father of these four children - Isabella, Hector, Margaret and Viti (deceased - meningitis) - Hector Walker, adopted Joe but Bob as the elder son remained with Granny James.
Even though she only lived to 44 years of age, died from breast cancer, Irene loved life all her children. Some significant indicators about her life were:
She was a treasure.