Virginia Irene Broyles, 91, of Somerset, Ky., passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Jean Waddle Care Center at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born in the Walnut Grove Community of Pulaski County on March 8, 1922, a daughter of the late J. Harrison and Ida Rose Hall Pennington. Irene was united in marriage to the late Glenn Boone Broyles, on September 23, 1944.
She is survived by her sister Frances Garren of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law Marshall Broyles; nephews Keith Broyles and Matt Kearney; nieces Sandra Burton,
Jennifer Flynn, Elizabeth K. Broyles, and Janie Scruggs.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Everett, Corvis, R. Fairbanks, and Jay H. Pennington; and a sister Penny Moore.
She was a member of Somerset First Methodist Church.
Irene served as librarian for Somerset High School for 32 yrs and taught in several one-room schools throughout Pulaski County, including Pisgah School. She launched the Folk Dancing Club at Somerset High School. She was a staunch liberal Democrat, a committed environmentalist, a skilled needlework artist, and an avid gardener. Irene was also an expert pistol marksman and was dubbed as the “Annie Oakley” of Pulaski County.
As well as her family, she leaves to mourn her numerous friends including special friends Edith Leach, Charlotte Frei, Kathy Padgett and Peggy Morrison. She touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom became lifelong friends.
Visitation for Virginia Irene Broyles will be held Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
A service celebrating her life will be immediately following, with Rev. Steve Spitzer and Rev. Donald McKinney officiating.
Burial will be in the Burnett Chapel Cemetery.
A reception will be held in the fellowship hall of the Burnett Chapel
United Methodist Church after services.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or Burnett Chapel Cemetery Fund c/o Rev. Donald McKinney 504 Silver Star Road, Somerset, Ky., 42503.
Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
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