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Irene Bertha Helmich Schrader of Bryant went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 87 on April 12, 2014.
She was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Benton. She was a resident of Saline County for 87 years and a 1944 graduate of Bryant High School.
A lifelong Lutheran, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Irene loved her garden and was known in her community as the â€śflower lady.â€ť Anyone who stopped at her house to inquire about the garden would leave with a bouquet and bulbs.
Irene also loved and was very proud of her family showing everyone many pictures she carried with her at all times.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Walter Schrader; her parents, Edna and Edward Helmich; her brothers Edward, Arthur, August, and Ted Helmich; and a sister Lucille Seibert.
She is survived by a brother, Clarence Helmich and wife Dorothy; a sister, Helen Auw; her sisters-in-law, Caroline Helmich, Shirley Helmich, Anna Lee Helmich, Glenda Helmich, Christine Wray, and Marianne Hubmann; seven children and their spouses, Becky and Glenn Hannah, Barbara and John Dunn, Bruce and Mary Schrader, Ron and Kathy Schrader, Regina and Bill Smith, all of Benton, Regan and Donna Schrader of Wilburn, and Roger and Donna Schrader of Bryant; 18 grandchildren, Carla and David Robinson, Jennifer (Dunn) Rodgers, David, Alan, Thompson, Scott Schrader, Brandy Schrader, Travis Smith, Heather (Smith) Hardin, Donovan, Burgandy, and Kassandra Schrader, Matt, Mandy, Maggie, Madison, and Maddie Grace Schrader; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Avilla Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mike Schlieder officiating. Burial will follow at Avilla Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the fellowship hall.
Serving as pallbearers are David Robinson, David Schrader, Alan Schrader, Thompson Schrader, Scott Schrader, Travis Smith, Donovan Schrader, Matt Schrader, Madison Schrader, Justin Rodgers and Mark Hardin.Â
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton.
Memorials may be made to Avilla Christian Academy, Avilla/Zion Community Garden or LWML Kitchen Memorial Fund, all at Zion Lutheran Church, 300 Avilla East, Alexander, AR 72002.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.Â
Family comments: The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Alcoa Pines Nursing Home.