Irene Marianne Ragan September 24, 1935 – January 2, 2018

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Irene M. Ragan was called home by her Lord in the strong belief that only by faith in Jesus Christ and the grace of God man will be redeemed.

She was born September 24, 1935, in Berlin, Germany, as the second child to Sergeant Fritz Wohlthat and Irmgard Schneider Wohlthat.

Within a short period of time she lost her father and her stepfather Herbert Rühl. During the last two years of World War II, she and her sister were evacuated to Todtnau in the Black Forest region where they lived with a foster family.

After war’s end, she and her sister Karin were united with their family in Goettingen, Germany. Her mother meanwhile was remarried and had given birth to Irene’s brother Klaus.

After graduation from school, Irene worked in various jobs until she was employed as a German civilian for the United States military in Wiesbaden. There she met her great love and husband of 42 years, Richard, who served in the United States Navy and Air Force. They married in 1962.

Shortly before Richard was discharged, their daughter Catharina was born in 1964. Upon arriving in the United States, the young family finally made their home in Duncanville in 1970.

Irene was a caregiver and supported her family through her hard and dedicated work for different employers, the last one retiring from, January Insurance One, in 2000. Although stricken by Parkinson’s disease, Irene kept up with her life as long as possible, still socializing and most of all caring for her husband Richard, who was suffering from cancer. Richard died in 2004.

In her last hours and minutes, Irene’s immediate family and close friends helped her pass through the gates of eternal life.

Irene leaves behind in deep sorrow her daughter, Catharina Ragan; granddaughter, Jessica Keen-Smith and her husband Erin Smith; great-grandchildren, Marcus and Brooke; brother, Klaus Magnus and family of Friedland, Germany; and many dear nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation with the family is from 6-8 pm, Friday, January 5, 2018, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services are 3:00 pm, Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.

Interment will be 11:30 am, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX.

**All individuals planning to attend the interment must arrive at the cemetery in “Lane 3” at 11:15 am, Tuesday, January 9, 2018**