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Irene Smith Saffell

January 16, 2020
Pine Island Eagle

Irene Smith Saffell of St. James City, FL. and formerly of Kent Island, MD. died Friday, December 27, 2019 at Select Care Hospital in Fort Myers, FL. She was 94.

Born of June 28, 1925 in Centreville, MD. to the late Jack Bishop and Stella Davis. She attended Centreville High School; graduating class of 1942. In June of 1942, she married James D. Smith and the following year moved to Miami Beach, FL. After her husband returned home from the military they moved back to Maryland. She remained home to care for the family and in the1950's began attending business college. In 1953 she began working at Lipton Tea and in 1958 with the Leaver Brothers. Years with Leaver Brothers, she took a bookkeeping position with United Shellfish in 1961. That same year, she and her family moved to Kent Island. After 14 years she opened Captain Jim's Restaurant in Queenstown, MD. In 1980, her husband James passed away.

In November of 1982 Irene remarried Elmer Saffell and resided on Kent Island. They became very active in boating and later made their home in Fenwick, DE and in 2002 Florida. He predeceased her in 2007.

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Irene was very active in her communities. She was past president of the Women's Auxiliary of the VFW #7464 in Grasonville, MD where she received her 10 yr. medal, was past president of Kent Island Yacht Club, charter member of Bay County Moose Lodge in Queenstown, MD. Member of the Kent Island American Legion Post #278 appointed to the board of Social Services for Queen Annes County for 6 years. Was elected to the Democratic Central Committee throughout the 1970's and into the 1980's. While reside in Florida she was active in the Red Hat Society and St. James Hobby Club serving as a past president and 5 terms as treasurer. She also enjoyed line dancing and playing cards with friends.

She is survived by two children; Diane Ruth (Jeff) and Ronald Smith (Carol) a son James Smith predeceased her. Her brother Frank Morris and Sister Betty Sietsma. Nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1pm at the Pine Island American Legion Post #136.



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