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Irene, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was born Feb. 19, 1928, to Helen and Arthur Costello. As a child she shared the task of walking a blind woman to and from work with one of her brothers. She also became a counselor at a summer camp for blind and partially-sighted children. Part of her duties were to teach them to swim and give nature study hikes. Learning to dance at age 2 and appearing on the stage at the Academy of Music and other N.Y. showplaces was a lifelong love affair. Her abilities included tap, toe and ballet. At a benefit performance at a local church she broke her toe and ended the dreams of a career in the arts.
When her youngest child started school full time, Irene went to work for the Long Island Press newspaper for four years. She became a secretary-bookkeeper for Red Ball Van Lines for the next 20 years until she retired and the family moved to Springtown. When her husband, Ed, joined the Loyal Order of Moose, she also joined and eventually was elevated to the rank of senior regent, a highly regarded position in the order. They visited nursing homes, children's hospitals, worked telethons and brought much joy with their handmade gifts and goodies.
The need to volunteer was always strong within, instilled by her mother "to always help wherever you can." With daughters, Joann and Ellen, and granddaughter, Sara Harwood, they worked several years at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Meals on Wheels was another project she worked on with daughter, Ellen Harwood. For several years, Ellen, Irene, Karen and Joann and their mom worked to bring happiness to the residents of the Battered Women's Shelter in Fort Worth. They made sure each woman received Christmas gifts of needed supplies and personal items.
She was voted "Senior Mrs. Springtown" in 2008 and served for two years. Her talent in the contest was her paintings, one of which was displayed at Lincoln Center in New York.
Irene was preceded in death by two sisters; four brothers; daughter, Janet; grandchildren, Sara Harwood and Christopher Alcamo.
Survivors: She is survived by her loving husband, Ed Jacobsen of Springtown; daughters, Ellen and husband, Paul Harwood, of Springtown, Irene and husband, Dean Betancourt, of Fort Worth, Karen and husband, Jon Goodwin, of Arlington, Joann Lykins of Haslet; son, Ed Jacobsen and wife, Linda, of Lake Carmel, N.Y.; grandchildren, Brian and David Betancourt, Matthew, Greg, Russell, Andrew and Katelyn Jacobsen, and Trino Vasquez; and great-grandchild, Sophia Alcamo.