Irene Giddings Thomson was born in American Fork, Utah December 3, 1917 to Luther and Berneice Crandall Giddings and passed away March 26, 2015 in Provo after a brief illness. She was surrounded by the love of family and friends. She is survived by her brother, Luther (Bonnie) Giddings, Salt Lake City; children: Ingrid ( Bob) Fuhriman, Bellevue, WA; Ruth (Van) Symons, Davenport, IA; Alan (Dahrl) Thomson, Provo and Lee (Teresa) Thomson, Las Vegas. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Ruth G. Peterson, and brothers: Lee Giddings (her twin), Bland C. Giddings and J. Calvin Giddings.\n\nIrene was a woman of keen intellect and leadership ability. In a time when few women attended university, she persevered in her studies in spite of the Great Depression. She graduated from BYU in Home Economics with high honors, including the Noble Prize for being the outstanding graduate in her college. She subsequently obtained an M. A. Degree from BYU in Foods and Nutrition and completed all of her course work toward a Doctorate. Later she received the honor of being selected as a Distinguished Alumna of BYU.\n\nShe was brilliant and her high personal standards and active encouragement influenced her children and many others in their pursuit of excellence. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who supported her children in developing their talents and held high expectations of them both educationally and personally. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and they adored her. Her greatest enjoyment was anything to do with the family. She especially looked forward to getting together with family at her beautiful mountain home at Sundance. Irene was also a loving and caring friend to others. She enjoyed her association with all her friends at Golden Kiwanis where she served as President and Program Director. In recent years she loved the friends she has made and shared many good times with at Jamestown.\n\nShe taught at Beaver High School, where she met her husband, the love of her life, Woodruff Thomson. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple, June 6, 1941. Immediately following their marriage, Woodruff was drafted into the army and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Their lives were disrupted by the war for nearly five years. Later Irene taught at BYU. She was also an Extension Home Agent and a Professor at Utah State University for nearly 20 years. In that capacity, she had her own radio talk show and worked with 4H doing many quilt shows, style reviews and color workshops. She also introduced the "Meals on Wheels" program to Utah County which provides home-bound seniors with nutritious food and companionship.\n\nFuneral services will be held Friday, April 3, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Oak Hills First Ward Chapel, 1060 North 1200 East, Provo where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9-10:30 am prior to services. Interment will be in the American Fork City Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.