Irene Mathis Jameson passed away peacefully on December 30, 2021, after having lived over a century. Surviving 102 years, Irene was a child during the Roaring Twenties, a young girl during the Great Depression, a wife and mother through World War II, and a grandmother by the 1960s.
Irene was born in Standard, Louisiana, to William and Mattye Mathis on June 24, 1919. She married H.W. “Johnny” Jameson on June 4, 1938, just shy of her 19th birthday. Johnny and Irene were married for the next 53 years, until his death. The couple had a happy marriage and were blessed with four children, Malcolm Jameson (wife, Lucille) of Urania, Sherlene Jameson Emfinger (husband, Kenneth Ray) of Urania, Ronnie Jameson (wife, Theresa) of Shaw and Camellia “Millie” Jameson Tew (husband, Michael) of DeRidder.
Irene led a happy life, known for her good nature and cheery disposition, and her love of music and singing. She had quite the personality with plenty of funny phrases and expressions. Irene was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her large and ever growing family. At the time of her death, she was grandmother to 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great grandchildren, and two great-great-great grandchildren. In recent years, Irene was a resident of Autumn Leaves Nursing Home in Winnfield, where she was a favorite with the staff and continued to be active.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny, in 1991. She is survived by her sister, Mattye Corley of Deridder, her four children, and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services will be held on January 4, 2022, with Visitation from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm at Riser and Sons Funeral Home in Olla, Louisiana. Services will begin at 1 p.m. with burial to follow immediately at Pinehill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy McBroom, John Eric Jameson, Daniel Tew, Coty Bradford, Jackson Glaeser, and Tristan Gagne. Honorary pallbearers are Zachary Banes, Spencer Glaeser, Patrick Jameson, Jacob Jameson, and Connor Johnston.. Irene will be deeply missed by those who loved her and will cherish her memory.