Irene May Hyatt

Irene May Hyatt, 95, of Tecumseh, passed away Oct. 17, 2011. Irene was born Jan.16, 1916, in Tecumseh, the daughter of Merlow and Mary (Dinse) Packard. On Feb. 15, 1936, she married Charles T. Hyatt in Adrian. He preceded her in death on June 29, 1990. Early in her life she worked along with her brother, Lawrence, and sister, Lucile, on their grandfathers celery farm that is now part of the Raisin Valley Golf Course. Later she worked at the Dairy Queen in Tecumseh. She was a loving, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Irene was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tecumseh.Irene is survived by two sons, Charles "Russ" (Sandra) Hyatt of Tecumseh, Richard (Marilyn) Hyatt of Tecumseh and her daughter-in-law, Betty Hyatt. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Carrie Castorena, Jane (Chuck) Hurley, Michael Hyatt, Stacy (Shawn) Downing and Sabra (Don) Clark; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Seaman Packard.In addition to her husband, Charles T. Hyatt, Irene was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lawrence Packard; and her sister, Lucile McConnell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home with Pastor Alan Maki officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery, Tecumseh. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 20, 2011, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee. Condolences to the family may be made online at

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