Ardys Jeanette Irwin, daughter of Viola Souders and Arland Smalley, was born in New Virginia, IA in 1931 and died in Mexia, Texas on March 16, 2018 with family by her side at 86 years of age. She grew up in New Virginia and graduated from New Virginia High School. She married Robert Irwin on July 8, 1949, in New Virginia. Four children were blessed to this union Mike, Bill, Betty Jo and Pat. Ardys worked as a homemaker the first part of their marriage, then went to work for Preferred Risk Insurance Company, working her way up to supervisory positions before retiring. She then continued on her journey of doing for others. Through her quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and volunteer work. She was heavily involved with many charitable organizations both in Iowa and Texas. Ardys had a great love for her family and showed it through all the hand-made items she made for them. She enjoyed all the time spent with her family and attending her grandchildren and great grandchildren's' activities. She enjoyed traveling very much and always had her bags packed ready to go. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Virginia and actively involved with the First United Methodist Church in Mexia. Ardys lived most of her life in New Virginia before moving to Mexia in 2003. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arland and Viola, husband, Robert, son, Bill, grandson, Samuel David Irwin, brother, Bud Smalley, and sister-in-law, Marge Smalley. She is survived by two sons, Michael and Cindy Irwin of Yukon, OK, and Pat and Michele Irwin, of Mexia; a daughter, Betty Jo and Roger Garner of New Virginia; daughter-in-law, Marci Irwin of Butler, MO; grandchildren, Carrie Zellmer of Kansas City, MO, Manuel and Amanda Irwin of Albuquerque, NM, John and Ashli Irwin of Big Spring, TX, Thomas and Courtney Irwin of Fountain, CO, Jamie and Jon Gelner of Osecola, IA, Julie and Edmond Throckmorton of Monona, WI, and Amanda Kirk of St. Charles, IA; thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Ilene and Morris Porter of Pleasanton, TX; other relatives and a host of friends. Memorial services will be at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, Mexia and at First United Methodist Church, New Virginia. Honorary pallbearers are her seven grandchildren. Interment of the cremains will be in the New Virginia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations or a memorial gift may be made to Point Enterprise Quilters, Point Enterprise, TX, the "Knit Wit" group at First United Methodist Church, Mexia or the First United Methodist Church, New Virginia in her name. Arrangements have been entrusted to Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, Mexia and Kale Funeral Homes of Osceola and Truro, IA.
Sunday, March 18th, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home