Imogene Osborn

March 28, 1930 ~ April 27, 2021 (age 91)


Imogene Osborn passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021 in Irving, Texas after 91 wonderful years. She was born on March 28, 1930 in Atlanta, Georgia. She was predeceased by her parents William Claude Bills and Ruth Elizabeth Doughty, loving husband Carl C. Osborn, and brother William Claude Bills Jr. She is survived by her only daughter Laura Lynn Wise, grandson Nathan Douglas Crook and spouse Elizabeth, grandson Nicholas Zachary Crook, great-granddaughters Abigail and Madeleine, and her favorite grand-dog Frasier.

Mother to Laura and Nana to grandsons Nathan and Nick, she made a remarkable impact on everyone she met with her kindness, sense of humor, determination, and technological prowess. After moving throughout the southeast in the 1930s and early 1940s, she moved to Nashville, where she graduated from West End High School in 1948, at the dawn of a postwar America reflected in her can-do spirit. She completed secretarial school and then moved to Texas in the early 1950s. She went to work at Texas Instruments, leading to a lifelong appreciation for technology. On November 22, 1963, the civic-minded Imogene took her daughter Laura to see President John F. Kennedy at Love Field Airport in Dallas. Amid the tragedy of that day, she imparted to her daughter Laura a deep sense of history and patriotism that was later passed on to her grandsons.

And she loved her grandsons so much. Baseball games, soccer games, basketball games, music concerts, school awards ceremonies, trips to West Point and the University of North Texas, Nana never skipped a beat in actively supporting Nathan and Nick.

In retirement, she was blessed to work at the front desk of Shepherd Ministries, where she made a positive impact on everyone she met. She also loved nature and animals, spending summers in the beautiful outskirts of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where she spent quiet time with her husband Carl, three huskies Tasha, Czar, and Yukon Bud, and parrots Gunnison and Peaches. Later, she loved spending time with her dog Schnitzie. She also served as president of the Irving Garden Club. And she never stopped rooting for her Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, leading Laura to often joke that John Elway was her adopted brother.

We mourn, but we also celebrate this remarkable life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DFW Humane Society in honor of her lifelong love for animals (

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