HOWLAND – Just before breakfast on the 1st of Nov. while in a deep sleep Irene passed over to where more familiar souls await her. She had been in declining health the last year and a half and even though it is heart breaking to lose one’s mother it came as no surprise. She was born Feb. 14, 1908, in Howland, to John Graham and Mabel Lancaster Ferguson. After graduating from Howland High School in 1926, she spent a year working in the bag mill to earn money enough to attend Farmington State Normal School, from which she graduated in 1929. That fall she took her first teaching position in Seboeis and taught there until she married Arno W. Twombly in 1932. The first years of their marriage were spent in Houlton. They later returned to Howland, where mother returned to teaching in the Howland System. She taught here until the birth of her first daughter, Anne. She never returned to teaching devoting her time to raising a family and working on the farm with Arno. They retired in 1969, and spent summers at Bottle Lake and winters at Tampa, Fla. They had 25 enjoyable years together in retirement until Arno’s passing in 1994. Shortly before his death they had moved to Oklahoma City to be near their daughter, Anne. Irene is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Anne Frances and Delmont Knights; a son and daughter-in-law, Matthew A. and Barbara J. Twombly. She is survived also by grandchildren, Tamson Parkhurst and her husband, Thomas Parkhurst, of Edmond, Okla., Andrew Knights of Amarillo, Texas, Sarah Knights of Oklahoma City, Okla., Aaron Twombly of Portland, and Daniel Twombly and his wife, Lisa, of Hampden; great-grandchildren, James Durant, Zachary Parkhurst, Benjamin Parkhurst, Danielle Knights, and Matthew Doyle Twombly. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Arno Twombly; a daughter, Penny; and a brother, Weston Ferguson. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Howland Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, with committal following the service. For an online register book, please go to