Irene “Rene” Ruth Harmon Stokes, 94, of Clairton, formerly of Elrama, passed away at Lawson’s Nursing Home Friday, October 19, 2018 to be received into the everlasting arms of our Savior. She was born October 3, 1924, in Finleyville, to the late Kinzy F. and Annie Mae Tulloh Harmon. Irene was a loving wife, of 70 years, to the late Robert I. Stokes. She is survived by daughters, Deborah S. (William) Straub of Daniels, WV, Gayle S. Colonna of Clairton; son, Gary R. (Cheryl) Stokes of McKeesport; grandchildren, Rebekah Straub of Lexington, KY, Abbey Miller of Trafford, Jennifer Colonna of Portland, OR, Meghan (Frank) Walker of New Albany, OH, Leland Colonna of Clairton; great-grandchildren, Baylee, Finlee, Rylee, Bentlee; loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. Along with her parents and spouse, Irene was preceded in death by siblings; Phoebe O’Dell, Edith Bardyn, Marge Jenkins, William Harmon, Merle Stout, Albert Harmon, Kathleen Parish, Leonard Harmon, Eloise Brallier, and Lena Mae Cowden. She was a graduate of Clairton High School and attended Duff’s School of Business. Irene was a member of Pine Run United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, church, and spending time with her family. Visitation will take place Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm at S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the funeral home followed by interment at Mount Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Originally published October 19, 2018.