In Memory

Irene C. Bussell

IRENE C. BUSSELL Irene C. Bussell, 96, of Okeechobee, FL, passed peacefully on Monday, August 1, 2011. She had been a resident of the Waterford Health Center, for the past six years and had suffered a stroke two years ago. Born in Hayden, AZ, September 2, 1915, Irene Colleen Comer met her husband Carey, at Arizona State University. Together they raised four children. She began teaching high school in St. Paul, AR, and went back to finish a Bachelor's degree at Arizona State University, and later received a Master's degree at the University of Arkansas. She taught Home Economics, Biology, Civics and History. In addition to St. Paul High, she taught at Farmington High, Howell Watkins Jr. High, West Gate Jr. High, and Riviera Beach/Suncoast High. During the last part of her career as an educator, she became a guidance counselor at Suncoast High in Riviera Beach. She touched thousands of lives during her thirty-five year career as an educator. Irene and her husband, Carey, were active in various Baptist churches and later non-denominational churches. She loved traveling and camping with her husband, children and grandchildren. When Carey retired, they traveled to every state in the U.S. Later, she and her sister-in-law, Robertine Carleton, and niece, Suzanne Walzer, took several camping trips across the country. Her background in Home Economics led her to a lifetime of cooking and creating new, delicious, mouthwatering dishes for her family and friends. Irene's table was always set and the invitation to eat meant a culinary treat waited.Irene had a heart without limits. She was a surrogate mother to at least six young people, many of them living with her family for a period of time. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, teacher and counselor, she will be missed by all that were fortunate to have her as a part of their life. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Carey S. Bussell; son, Kim S. Bussell; grandson, Donald Reiter; and her parents, Marion B. and Emma Lindsley Comer. She is survived by sons, Jan (Joyce Green) Bussell, Joe Bussell; daughter, Kathryn Reiter; daughter-in-law, Carol Huber; nine grandchildren, Tim Bussell, Janet Bussell-Eriksson, Janene Bussell, Carey Bussell, Marina Bussell, Kalinin Dippy, Karen Poschi, Kiera Reiter and Rhonda Reiter; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. A celebration of Irene's life will be held, Saturday, August 27, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the Ensign and Anchorage Rooms, 4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL. All family, friends, and former students are invited to remember this remarkable woman. Contact Jan Bussell at (561) 628-2105 for details. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. Friends may send condolences online to Arrangements are under the direction of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, 3833 S.E. 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit

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06/30/16 07:23 AM #1    

Charles "Chuck" Dettman (1968)

Charles (William) Bentine (1964)

My name is Steve Bentine and Mrs.Bussell steered me in the right direction when I gave up on school. She contacted a friend of mine to let me know she could arrange for me to enroll into the carpenters apprenticeship program. I completed the program and became a journeyman carpenter with local 819 in WPB. I then was able to become a general contractor in NC.  Now retired I look back and see how good she was at her job and how she didn't give up on me.

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