Iris attended school in Sundance, and after graduation from Sundance High School in 1946, she worked at Durfee’s Department Store during the day and operated a popcorn machine at the family movie theater in the evenings. It was while working at Durfee’s that she met the love of her life, Francis Earl Rook, whom she wed on August 1, 1954. They had five children together: Earl Jay, Seth Eric, Judd Aaron, Mary Frances, and Mark Eli. The family moved frequently, from one construction job to another in small towns throughout Wyoming and Montana, and later Kansas, Colorado, California and Oregon. Wherever they went, Iris succeeded in creating a warm and loving home, where friends and family were always welcome. In 1994, Francis and Iris retired to McMinnville, Oregon, to be close to their grandchildren. They celebrated 57 years of marriage prior to Francis’ death in September 2011.
Iris found her greatest joy in her family, which grew in time to include five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who made it all look easy. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, her love of music and dancing, her pride in her family, her gentle soul, and most of all, her wonderful smile, which she was seldom without.
Iris is survived by her sons, Earl, Seth, Judd (Susan) and Mark, and her daughter, Mary (Stephen), as well as three grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her brothers, Eugene (Vivian) Kipp of Sundance, E. Michael Kipp of Longview, Washington; sisters, Toby Lea Petera of Palm Desert, California, Sandra Ann Johnston of Spearfish, South Dakota, and Earlene (Charles) Manning of Jessup, Georgia.