Irene Larue Erekson Law passed away peacefully on February 1st, 2024. She was at her daughter Julianne Searle’s home doing what she loved most, which was serving others.
Irene was born June 26, 1958, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the second child of Doreen and William Long. Irene spent most of her childhood in Sandy, Utah then moved with her family to Kennewick, Washington before settling in Boise, Idaho in 1971.
She graduated from Borah High School in 1976. While at Borah she was involved in many activities including choir, baton and serving as the Borah Lionette president. She is remembered for her grace, kindness, and leadership.
It was while living in Kennewick that Irene learned to love dance and baton. That love turned into a passion, and soon it seemed that every weekend was filled with baton competitions, earning a collection of trophies that adorned her bedroom. Later in life she turned her passion into a business, where she ran her own dance and baton studio. Irene coached many state, regional and national champions.
Irene met the love of her life, Bryan Law, through the efforts of mutual friends, who set them up on a blind date. A whirlwind romance ensued, and they were married on September 27, 1985.
Irene was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She actively served in various capacities within the church; Primary Teacher, Ward Young Women's President, Stake Young Women's President, and Ward Relief Society President. Irene also provided her guidance and support as a counselor in many of these organizations. Irene's dedication to serving others was a defining aspect of her character. She found fulfillment in helping those around her and ensuring they felt loved. Her legacy of compassion and selflessness will be remembered by all who knew her. She was known as a lady with class and elegance.
Irene recently had the blessing of serving a mission with her Eternal Companion, Bryan in North Carolina. She considered her mission as one of the most fulfilling experiences of her life, establishing eternal friendships and relationships while striving to help bring others closer to Christ. Irene had a positive impact on those around her and will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched.
Irene was a devoted and adored wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter. She cherished her role as a wife and mother. She was devoted to her family and went above and beyond to ensure their happiness and well-being. Her family was always first and foremost in her life. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Proverb 31:28 states, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also and he praiseth her.”
Irene loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. Playing board and card games with them brought her immense joy. She enjoyed attending dance recitals, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and baseball games. Her encouragement and cheers on the sidelines will be greatly missed.
Irene is survived by a devoted family: her husband Bryan Law; her children Taralee Myers (Benjamin), Nate McAllister (Mindi), Breanne Hughes (Jonathan), Kassandra Christian (Kyle), Julianne Searle (Jimmy), and Allison Edwards (Zachary); her father William D. Long; her siblings Scott Erekson, Angie Elliott, Jeff Erekson, William Long Jr., and Jennifer Rose; as well as eighteen cherished grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Doreen Long.
The family invites friends and loved ones to attend a viewing at Relyea Funeral Chapel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on February 11th, 2024. Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 3904 E. Greenhurst in Nampa, Idaho, with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. and services to follow at 11:00 a.m. on February 12th, 2024.