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Updated: 02/03/2014 03:50:49PM

Irene Olson Simcox

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Irene Olson Simcox, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. During her last weeks, she was surrounded by her family, including her new great-grandson, Diego.

She was born April 5, 1924 in Olympia, Wash., the daughter of Freda and Charles Olson.

Irene received her bachelor degree in education at Central Washington College in Ellensburg, Wash. As the wife of Capt. William Arthur Simcox, a career Naval officer, Irene lived and taught special education in a number of states, including Washington, California, Rhode Island and Virginia. After retirement, Irene and Bill lived on a sailboat and spent many years in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas.

She is survived by her daughter, Heidi of Philadelphia, Pa.; son, Leif of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter-in-law, Susan; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Travis; and a great-grandson, Diego. Irene was preceded in death by her husband.

Her ashes will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband.

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