Irene J. Munson, 99

FEB. 20, 1914-SEPT. 3, 2013

September 03, 2013
  • Irene J. Munson
Irene J. Munson

Irene J. (Carbaugh) Munson, 99, of Hagerstown passed away on Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, 2013, at Ravenwood Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since November 2007.

Born Feb. 20, 1914, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Charles F. and Maude I. (Ridenour) Carbaugh. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death in January of 1969 by her loving husband, Floyd E. Munson Sr., whom she married March 7, 1939.

She graduated with honors from Washington County Hospital in 1936, having received all A’s in training for 36 months. At graduation, she was awarded the Alumni Award and the Doctors Award. Irene scored 92 percent on her state boards. In those days, the student nurses attended classes and worked on the floor. She became the charge nurse in July 1930 on the surgical floor. At one time, she ordered all the medicines for the hospital. She was employed with the hospital for 34 years.

While busy nursing, she also loved being a mother to three children, Floyd E. Munson Jr. and wife, Barbara A., Janice M. Seekford and husband, Harold W., and C. Jean Bercaw and husband, Kenneth K.  She and her husband built their home on Salem Avenue in 1939 and lived there until her move to Ravenwood.

She became president of the Washington Street PTA, secretary of the Salem Avenue PTA and homeroom mother. Later she did volunteer work to help students with reading disabilities. She enjoyed gardening.

The family attended Shiloh Evangelical United Brethren Church, where all were very active, and she taught Sunday school. She joined St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1969 and was a member of the St. John’s Guild, the Altar Guild and Daughters of the King. She also had worked at the Turnover Shop until it closed.

In addition to her children, she also leaves behind five grandsons, Lloyd Beard III, Kirk Seekford, Jason Beard, Mac Seekford and Stephen Munson; numerous great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Ann Boyd officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD  21742; or to St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD  21740.

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