Irene Telles, a faithful member of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a devoted wife and loving mother passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Chelan, WA on October 4, 2019 at the age of 89.
Irene is survived by her nine children, Esther Mendoza & husband Manuel Mendoza of Kalispell, MT, Julie Cruz of Yakima, WA, Henry Telles Jr. & wife Delores Telles of Toppenish, WA, Vicky Laddrout of Wapato, WA, Shirley Palomarez of Toppenish, WA, Linda Day & husband Dan Day of Kent, WA, Mary Orlando of Toppenish, WA, Virginia Cannasso & husband Vinnie Cannasso of Chelan, WA and Chrsitina Enockson & husband Dale Enockson of Pasco, WA. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry Telles Sr. of Toppenish, WA and two sons, Anthony Telles of Las Vegas, NV, and infant Richard Telles of Toppenish, WA. Irene nurtured more than 100 grandchildren and is also survived by her siblings, Dan Salinas, Robert Salinas, Joe Salinas, Mary Larson and Carmen Aho Brown. She is also preceded in death by Louise Salinas, Victor Salinas, Raymond Salinas, Elsie Ochoa, David Salinas and Dorothy Ochoa.
Irene was born in Ordway, Colorado on May 13, 1930 to Lenora Martinez-Salinas and John Salinas. Irene married Henry Telles Sr. on May 19, 1945 and they purchased their home in Toppenish, WA from Doris J. Kennedy on April 30, 1958.
Irene was industrious and began her lifelong journey of being a mother, grandmother, foster mother, caregiver and dedicated employee at the young age of 15. She worked for various employers and was not above manual labor. Irene blocked beets, grafted fruit trees, and picked and sorted fruits and vegetables for the local canneries, which developed into her favorite position as a nurse’s aide for Snokist Cannery in Terrace Heights, WA.
Irene enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, and at the end of her days, coloring. She found satisfaction in gardening, bird watching, and raising her cows, chickens, turkeys, and pigs, and though she cared for them they held a purpose and that was primarily to provide for her family. She was known for her direct counsel and Bible principles and when things went bad you could hear her say “Well, you had no business!”
Irene was a Jehovah’s Witness and symbolized her faith by water baptism on January 6, 1951. Irene’s hope is that of the resurrection on a Paradise earth as promised in Revelation 21:3, 4.
A memorial service is to be held on October 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Toppenish, WA, with a reception to follow at the Zillah Community Center.