Ireta Faye Cole, age 88, daughter of General Lee and Gladys Zelma (Scott) Brill, was born May 1, 1931, in Astoria, Mo. She passed away Sept. 20, 2019, at her home in Houston, Mo.
In January, 1939, the Brill family moved from Wright County to Texas County where Ireta grew up in the Cleveland Community near Houston. She attended Cleveland School and graduated from the eighth grade. Due to the illness of her mother, Ireta was unable to continue on to high school as she was needed at home to care for the family.
On Dec. 11, 1955, she married James Wilferd Cole at Oak Hill Church and to this union two children were born, Debbie and Brenda.
Ireta accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. She attended the Oak Hill Church until it closed, then attended the First Free Will Baptist Church as long as health permitted.
Ireta was employed with International Shoe Co. during the early years of marriage. When she and Wilferd started their family, she then became a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. Later, she did babysitting for several families. The Farris children, Eric, Brant and Vanessa, held a special place in her heart; she referred to them as her “second family.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wilferd, brothers Norman and Farris, and sister-in-law LaVeta Brill.
She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Jeffress and husband Alan, and Brenda Crail and husband Randy; two step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and five step-great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Junior Brill and wife, Arlene, Scott Brill and wife, Mary, and Wilbur Brill and wife, Lorene; one sister Carolyn Collins and husband, Steve; nieces and nephews who were all very special to her, and friends made through the years.
Ireta loved and treasured family and her family treasured her. She was always there to welcome her girls home from school, making sure they had snacks to eat. Thursdays were a special time for her and the girls. She would pick them up from school and they would head for June’s Dairy Freeze to enjoy ice cream sundaes. She had a loving and giving spirit, always baking and making goodies for family and special friends; she was especially known for her cinnamon rolls and pumpkin rolls, and Wilferd’s favorite pecan pie. She loved listening to Gospel music and especially enjoyed Walt Lawson’s gospel music on KBTC radio station.
She also enjoyed traveling, making annual trips to “Amish Country” for sorghum, trips to Branson, and traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast to visit family. She enjoyed her flower gardens, growing vegetable gardens and canning for her family.
Ireta was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and friend to many; one of God’s Special Angels put here on earth. Although she will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her, we rejoice in knowing she is safe in the arms of Jesus and has entered “Rest at Last” where there is “No Measure of Time.”
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near.
Still loved, still missed,
And very dear.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Evans Funeral Home. Services are 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Blackwell and Reggie Cole officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers are: Eric Farris, Mike Brill, Eddie Brill, Scott Mesplay, Roger Cole and Tony Overy. Honorary pallbearers are: Mike Cole, Reggie Cole, Randy Cole, Jimmy Cole and Steve Collins.