Mrs. Iris Marguarita Buckley Millet, 86, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of New York City, New York, passed away Thursday morning October 15, 2009 at Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care House of Port Charlotte.
Born in New York City’s Manhattan borough on January 10, 1923, the daughter of the late Walter George Buckley and Isabel Hansen, Iris grew up in Jamaica, West Indies; returning to her native Manhattan, Iris, one of the first five female welders during World War II, worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Later, she worked as a supervisor for New York State’s Housing Development Authority until retiring. While working, Iris obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from S.U.N.Y and a Real Estate agents license from N.Y.U. After her retirement, Iris moved from her native Manhattan to Port Charlotte in 1989. While in Port Charlotte she took classes at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center. Iris enjoyed card games and traveling, enjoying numerous cruises and visiting Africa. Always positive and upbeat, Iris loved her family, dearly, and was devoted to her Beagle, Casey.
Iris is survived by one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Pringle; her beloved daughter, Mrs. Pamela M. and son-in-law Michael K. Nevinger; granddaughter, Ms. Masai Shakong and Samuel Shakong; goddaughter, Ms. Joan Pringle-Bolling; nieces, Ms. Winifred Kingslon, Ms. Pauline Miles, Ms. Sandra Capello, Ms. Renee Carabello, Ms. Naomi Pringle, Ms. Donna Myers, Ms. Ruth Lehman, and Ms. Ali Robles; nephews, Mr. Winston Brown and Mr. Angel Rene; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.