Irene Dean, age 86, of Lansing, MI, was a much loved mother, grandmother, family member, and friend. She left this life on October 29, 2016. Born Edyth Irene Macy, August 17, 1930, she was raised in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University. She went on to complete a master’s degree in education. She became a teacher and taught kindergarten in Detroit, Chicago, and Okemos. She married Douglas Milford Dean on July 12, 1958. After teaching, she helped Doug in his optometry business, and also traveled with him and their family to perform his Magical Medicine Show.
Throughout the years, she had several of her own businesses and also managed a self-storage business in Lansing. She had a passion for reading, history, and writing. She worked with members of the Lansing Historical Society and helped to start the Lansing Rally of Writers.
She was preceded in death by her son Gregory and her husband Douglas. She is survived by her son Steven, his wife Kelly, and their two sons Alexander and Blake.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016, Central United Methodist Church, 215 N Capitol Ave., Lansing MI. The family will receive visitors from 1:30-2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Adam D. Nevells Memorial Scholarship Fund, through the Capital Region Community Foundation. Burial will be in her family plot in Chesaning, MI, at a later date. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.