Ilene Breen, age 86, of Renton, Wash., formerly of Philip, S.D., passed away October 21, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash.
Ilene Ferguson was born August 13, 1926, in Philip, the daughter of Harold and Martha Ferguson. She grew up in the Hilland community where she received her elementary education in the Hilland and Plainview schools prior to graduating from Philip High School. She graduated from Black Hills State College in Spearfish with her teaching degree and she taught for several years.
She was united in marriage to Melvin Burns in 1945 after he was discharged from the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. They made their home in Lead where a daughter, Sheryl Ann, died at birth. They later moved to the Hilland community where their two sons, Mike and Don, were born.
They then moved to Seattle where Ilene worked at Boeing for many years until she retired. While there, they had two more children, Lexi and Kelly.
She later married Orville Breen and they traveled extensively to many different places. After he passed away, she and her lifelong friend, Edith, enjoyed going to church together, traveling and dancing when their health permitted.
After her health deteriorated, she lived with her son and his wife, Kelly and Mary, until her death.
Grateful for having shared her life are her four children, son Mike, son Don and wife Lynn, daughter Lexie and husband Henry, and son Kelly and wife Mary; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther Knutson of Philip; a brother, Don Ferguson and wife Virginia, of Philip; and a sister, Jeanette and husband, Hal, of Lilliwaup, Wash.
Services were held October 25, 2012, at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Renton, Wash. Committal services were at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton.