Irene R. (Hix) Mueller, age 90, of Pender, Nebraska passed away Monday, January 20, 2020, at Brighton Gardens in Omaha, NE. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Emerson. Visitation will be held on Saturday morning from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emerson. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.
Irene was born on October 6, 1929, to Charley and Elva Hix in Gordon, NE. She attended and graduated from Gordon High School and continued her education earning a Teachers Certificate at Wayne State College. After college, she started her teaching career in the Wayne and Wakefield area. On December 23, 1950, Irene married Ardell Mueller. To this union two sons were born, Randy and Jim. They lived on the farm near Thurston, NE until they retired and moved to Pender.
She enjoyed working with the American Legion Auxiliary, she held several positions within the local chapter and on the state level. Irene and Ardell enjoyed traveling together. Their greatest joy in life was their family.
Irene is survived by her sons, Randy (Darlene) Mueller of Omaha, Jim (Glenda) Mueller of Thurston; grandchildren, Stacey Mueller of Omaha, Joel (Megan) Mueller of Elkhorn, Leslie (James) Fonda of Omaha; great grandchildren, Makenzie Mueller, Kayden Mueller, Jace Mueller, Stewart Fonda; sisters-in-law, Eva Hix of Gordon, and Marilyn Hansen of Omaha.
Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ardell Mueller; grandson, Robert Mueller; brother, Clifford Hix; sister, Alta (Jim) Featherston; in-laws, Ted (Mylet) Habrock, Harlan (Vera) Mueller and Billy Hansen.