Irene R. Groves
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Gloucester, MA - Irene‎ Rose‎ (Hartford)‎ Groves,‎ 80,‎ of Gloucester, wife‎ of‎ the‎ late‎ Clifford‎ Groves,‎ passed‎ away‎ at‎ Addison‎ Gilbert‎ Hospital‎ on‎ September‎ 16,‎ 2019,‎ surrounded‎ by‎ her‎ family‎ and‎ loved‎ ones,‎ after‎ a‎ courageous‎ battle‎ with COPD.‎ Irene‎ was‎ born‎ in‎ West‎ Epping‎ N.H.‎ to‎ the‎ late‎ Horace‎ and‎ Effie‎ (Forest)‎ Hartford.
‎She‎ is‎ survived‎ by‎ her‎ children,‎ Clifford‎ Jr.,‎ Leila,‎ Kim,‎ and‎ Bart,‎ their‎ loving‎ spouses,‎ 3‎ brothers,‎ 2‎ sisters,‎14‎ grandchildren‎ and‎ 8‎ great‎-grandchildren and‎ many‎ nieces‎ and‎ nephews.
‎Irene‎ attended‎ Epping‎ High‎ School, participating‎ in‎ student‎ council,‎ cheerleading,‎ and‎ girls‎ softball.‎ She spoke often of her time as a summer stock actress at the Hampton Playhouse. Working‎ as‎ a‎ master‎ seamstress,‎ Irene‎ was‎ very‎ well‎ known‎ for‎ making‎ customized‎ slip‎ covers‎ for‎ couches‎ and‎ chairs‎ all‎ around‎ Essex‎ county.‎ She‎ enjoyed‎ homemaking,‎ gardening,‎ trips‎ to‎ her camp in Stow,‎ Maine‎ with‎ her‎ family‎ and‎ friends, occasional‎ trips‎ to‎ Oxford‎ Casino,‎ and‎ was‎ an‎ avid‎ Red‎ Sox‎ fan.‎ In‎ past‎ years‎ Irene‎ loved‎ boating,‎ snowmobiling,‎ and‎ hiking‎ with‎ family‎ and‎ friends.‎ ‎ Irene‎ truly‎ adored‎ her‎ family‎ and‎ was‎ a‎ devoted‎ wife‎ to‎ her‎ late‎ husband‎ Clifford.‎ She‎ also‎ was‎ known‎ for‎ her‎ compassion‎ to‎ all,‎ and‎ welcomed‎ all,‎ with‎ open‎ arms.‎ She‎ is‎ and‎ will‎ be‎ forever‎ loved.

Her‎ Celebration‎ of‎ Life‎ will‎ be‎ held‎ at‎ 2‎ p.m.‎ on‎ Sunday,‎ September‎ 29,2019,‎ at‎ Calvary‎ Chapel‎ Baptist‎ Church,‎ 384‎ Washington‎ St.,‎ Gloucester,‎ with‎ her‎ burial‎ planned‎ for‎ a‎ later‎ date.‎ Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester. Online‎ condolences‎ may‎ be‎ given‎ at:
Published on September 21, 2019


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Cynthia Smiszek
Sep 21, 2019
Irene’s loving kindness and open heart will always inspire me. Her sense of humor was wonderful and she had a way of making you feel like like you - and all that was going on in your life - were very important to her, too. She worked incredibly hard and took great care of her family and friends. I will miss her, her laughter and her hugs dearly.
Elizabeth Groves
Sep 21, 2019
My beautiful Nana. We miss and love you more more more. ❤️
vickie McCassie
Sep 21, 2019
Remembering such great times spent talking and laughing. Rest in Peace. Fly high with the angels.