Irene was born on October 13, 1921 to Cecile and John Petersen of Hartington, Nebraska. Sad circumstances prevailed as her mother was called home when Irene was 8 years old. Her father raised her.
Irene married John J. McMann in 1940. In 1941 John went to war with the National Guard. After serving his country for 30 years, Irene and John both retired and moved to Arizona. John passed in 1982.
Irene continued to live in Glendale, Arizona being active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W. She became president in the year of 1983. She also was very active in the Women of the Moose for 60 years. During her tenure of President, she met her significant other, Paul Shields.
After years of traveling by car, train, ship, and 5th wheel, she and Paul decided to see Payson, Arizona. They loved what they saw, so in 1992 they moved to Payson and Star Valley. Paul and Irene joined Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in 1992. Until that time, Irene loved volunteering at her church, the Chamber of Commerce, and of course the Elks Lodge where she was elected treasurer for a year. Paul was called home by our Heavenly Father on September 6, 2012 at the age of 93. After his death, Irene moved to Utah to be near her only daughter, Rita Walker. Irene passed on April 13, 2018.
Funeral services will be held on Friday April 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Messinger Payson Funeral Home 901 S. Westerley Road, Payson, AZ. Her ashes will be scattered thereafter.