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Irene Marie Myers
January 15, 1959 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Irene Marie Myers, known affectionately throughout most of the community as “Mama Irene,” was a beloved mother, wonderful grandmother, and a continuous source of light and love wherever she went. Though she may have passed away, her legacy will live on through her family, the work that she did, her long list of accomplishments, and the joy that she spread through the world. She never met anyone she wasn’t willing to help, and gave as much as she could to as many people as she could.
Irene Myers was born in Elmira, New York on January 15, 1959. Her childhood was fraught and challenging, but it did not harden her heart. Instead, her compassion for others only grew from her experiences and the hardships she endured. She stayed with numerous foster homes, sometimes in dire situations, but it only increased her love for children and those in need.
Irene travelled all over the country from her home state of New York, including places like Illinois and California. But it was Hinesville, Georgia where she planted her roots almost 40 years ago, watching the small town grow and grow over the years as she came to call it home. It was here that she met her ex-husband, the late Jerry Speight, with whom she would spend 14 years. Though they separated, she still held the Speight Family near and dear to her heart.
It was also here in Hinesville that she raised her children, Chandelier Morgan, and Marquise Morgan, both of whom she was monumentally proud of. She would never pass up the opportunity to share how proud she was of them with every person she met, and she showed them as much love and compassion as she possibly could, if not more. She loved being a mother and loved becoming a grandmother and would always put the wants and needs of her children above all else. She made sure they had a rich and caring childhood where they were never concerned with food, shelter, safety, and never had to wonder if someone loved them.
Next to her children, Irene stated her biggest accomplishment was that of her outreach ministry “Mama Irene’s Outreach,” which she founded and ran along with her family for 15 years. She was extremely proud to be able to give back to the community and help those in need. She would gather resources from all over to be able to assist people with whatever they would need, be that food, clothes, bills, or even furniture and housing. When there was someone in need, say a burnout family or one in a precarious position, it always seemed like her capabilities were endless and she would always find a way to get them the help that they need. Before her passing, she was extremely excited to have finally incorporated her charitable outreach, a lifelong dream of hers that was rooted as much in her desire to serve the needy as it was in her strong Christian beliefs and faith in the good Lord.
Irene Marie Myers would unfortunately pass away on January 24, 2024 after a long struggle in the hospital. She fought until she no longer could, a testament to her strength and perseverance that those who knew her were aware she had. She is survived by her daughter, Chandelier Morgan, her son, Marquise Morgan, her daughter-in-law Nerkia Hudson and her grandchildren Kaheem Morgan, Da’Rianna “RiRi” Carter, Levi Morgan, Chandler Clayton, and Marley Morgan. A special mention goes to Beverly Morgan, the biological mother of her two children, Maurice Robinson, the biological father of Marquise, Mary Zabel, her best friend, and Paul Spence, a near and dear friend of Irene’s and the Family’s. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mama Irene’s Outreach so that her family and friends can continue her life’s work and legacy.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 6:00 pm at the Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home with Rev. Jose’ F. Vilar officiating.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home & Crematory, Flemington, is handling the arrangements.