Irene Knight, 88, who lived many years in Washington, died in her sleep at Canyon Creek Memory Care Center on Feb. 7, 2014.
She was born in Worden to Andrew and Anna Foos on March 25, 1925, the seventh of 11 children. She attended schools in Corvalis and Worden.
As a teenager, she helped run the family-owned cafe in Worden. At the age of 17 she joined her brothers Alec and Ted in Seattle and worked at Boeing Aerospace and Todd Shipyards during World War II.
She married Bill Knight on Dec. 26, 1945, and became a stepmother to Ron Knight. They had two more sons, Bob in 1950 and Buck in 1951.
She had worked at Bell Telephone, JC Penney and Metro Transit. She retired from the Washington state liquor stores. She was also a member of the Ballard Eagles Ladies Auxiliary.
After her divorce from Bill Knight, she married Dominic Mastro. He died of an illness. After years of being alone, she met Edward Purvis, with whom she shared a passion for travel and who introduced her to the world of horse racing. They lived in West Seattle until his death, and she then moved to Shoreline, Wash. In 2003 she moved to Billings to be close to her family.
Survivors include two brothers, Ted and Donny of Billings; a sister, Ruth of Seattle; a stepson, Ron of Spokane, Wash.; sons, Robert and Buck, both of Edmonds, Wash.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.
A service will be held in Billings in May. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to the Fraternal Order of Eagles.