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Irma Hartwell

Irma Hartwell

was born Irma Stanley in Whittier, Calif. on May 13, 1922, and passed away on March 6, 2011. She married Whitey Hartwell in 1942 during the war. Irma and Whitey returned to Whittier after the war and started their family. In 1957 they moved to Big Bear Lake with their children and their nephew where Whitey was co-owner of Bear Valley Market Corporation and Irma was an accountant. They lived in Big Bear for about 48 years. Both Irma and Whitey were very involved in community activities. She and her late husband, Whitey, loved Big Bear and were an instrumental part of the Castle Glen Development and were stockholders in Snow Summit and First Mountain Bank. Irma was involved with the adult literacy program. For many years Irma took part in the Old 
Miners Days celebrations and festivities and was treasurer for several years. Family and friends remember Irma as a very honest, smart, wonderful, and remarkable woman. One family friend said that his daughter wanted "an Irma" after they had visited one day. They moved to Colorado in 2006 to be closer to their daughter and her family 
and because of health problems. Irma spent the last few years in a nursing home and was very content.

Irma is preceded in death by her husband, Whitey and is survived by her son Michael (Stephanie) in Oregon, daughter, Lark Haines (John), along with her nephew Stuart Magnuson (Palm Springs), 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 10:57 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Wed Mar 23, 2011. 
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper