Irene M. Newell
RUMFORD -– Another Angel has been called home. Irene M. Newell, 89, of Riverside Park Road in Mexico, passed away on Dec. 28, 2012 at Rumford Hospital following a brief illness with loving family at her side.
She was born in Rumford on Feb. 22, 1923, a daughter of Lawrence and Rose (Arsenault) McPhee. Irene was a graduate of Dixfield High School.
She was employed as a product inspector at Diamond Match in West Peru for many years. Irene was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior. She loved playing bingo, playing cards with her friends and doing word puzzles.
Irene was an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. She loved spending time with her family, especially at her daughter Debra and son-in-law Dennis’ camp on Long Lake in Bridgton. She will be deeply missed and in our hearts forever.
Surviving are her children, Robert L. Foreman of Peru, Lawrence Newell of No. Conway, NH, Debra Hamel and husband, Dennis of Bridgton, and daughter-in-law, Donna Foreman, and companion, Ed Merrifield; a brother, Ernest McPhee and wife, Esther of Rumford; eight grandchildren, Kathleen Miller and Kerry Conti, Rebecca Foreman Janjic and husband, Aleks, Kelly Smith and husband, Michael, Wendy Foreman and companion, Michael Bragg, Michael Foreman, Meagan Foreman, Matthew Foreman and wife, Terri; and six great-grandchildren, Hayden, Jackson, Natalie, Kevin, Keegan and Mason.
She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Lundie Conti; her second husband, Lev Foreman; and husband, Charles Newell; three sons, James Conti, Michael Foreman and Charles Newell, III; three brothers, Melvin, Arthur and Everett McPhee; and three sisters, Olive Comeau, Eva Perry and Dorothy Thoreau.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the Oncology and Nursing staff at Rumford Hospital for the wonderful care given to Irene.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parish of the Holy Savior. Spring interment will be in St. John Cemetery. If so desired, contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.