Irene C. (Aristide) Awed, age 94

of Quincy

Irene C. (Aristide) Awed, age 94

Irene C. (Aristide) Awed, age 94, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Boston Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Her death came just twelve days after the loss of her beloved husband, Carl.

Irene was born in Quincy, to the late Marziotto and Clotilda C. (Giarrusso) Aristide. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1946. She worked at an insurance agency early on, and became a nursing home administrator later in life, and worked at the Kristen Beth Nursing Home in New Bedford for many years.

Irene was raised in a large Italian extended family where socializing was always centered around the dinner table. She was a gourmet cook, well-known for her soups and cookies, often delivering homemade specialties to anyone that was sick. She made weekly four-course meals for her family that were available for pick-up or dine-in. Irene was a very fashionable lady with a timeless sense of style. She wore high heels and drove a Porsche well into her 80s. She was an accomplished painter, and a long-time member of Quincy Art Association and the Museum of Fine Arts. A very well-read woman and an independent thinker, she could easily discuss events of the day, often with a sharp tongue and disdain for politics. She had an opinion on everything, which she would voice to anyone that would listen. Her wit, sarcasm and comedic sense of timing could have lent to a career in stand-up.

Most of all, Irene was devoted to taking care of her family, her late husband, Carl, her children, grandchildren, and her great grandchildren, supporting all their many interests, activities, and accomplishments. Beloved wife for seventy-three years of the late Carl A. Awed, with whom she shared an adventurous spirit. Together, they traveled the world sharing numerous cultural experiences, including making unforgettable memories at their home in Jamaica.

Devoted mother of Mark A. Awed and his wife Kathleen of Worcester, Carl A. Awed, Jr. of Quincy and his companion Tresan, Scott M. Awed and his wife Linda of Quincy, Alison L. Djerf of Quincy, Adam Awed, Kristen Awed-Ladas and her husband Mark of Quincy, and the late Carlene P. Awed.

Loving grandmother of sixteen and great grandmother of fourteen.

Dear sister of Marie C. Guidice of Quincy and predeceased by A. Ernest Aristide, Rose G. Gavin, and Joseph M. Aristide. Irene is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, January 11, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy, on Friday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Irene’s memory may be made to Quincy Art Association, 26 High School Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169 or


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  • Loved them both, met her and her husband at their villa in Jamaica 🇯🇲. My prayers are with the family. May all walk in faith. Always a friend Taadhimeka Stovall. Los Angeles, California

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Irene. She was a special woman in many ways. I always enjoyed talking to her and catching up at fitness unlimited. May she rest in piece with Carl

  • Dear Aunt Irene.
    We will miss you, and all the fond childhood memories, that you and Uncle Carl provided to us over the years. May you rest in peace with Uncle Carl in heaven. 🙏 🙏 🙏
    God bless,
    Phil, Estrella, Kendra and Kyle ❤

  • We love your spirit your crazy fun stories.
    Nana and Papa you will always be in our hearts. .

  • This is so bittersweet, less then two weeks ago I was writing an entry saying good by to a wonderful man Mr Carl Awed and now his beautiful Wife Irene
    may they both Rest In Peace together ❤️

    Lots of love ,

  • The ultimate “power couple”. Caring, generous and aspirational. I always enjoyed spending time with them growing up. Rest In Peace.

  • To Carl JR and family, although I did not meet your Mom and Dad , I had phone conversations with them. Such nice people. I really enjoyed the videos you sent of them as they visited their home in Jamaica. They loved visiting Jamaica! I know this is a hard time for you and family. May all the wonderful memories of Nana and Papa be of comfort to you all. Blessings and Nuff love.
    Grace, Queens, New York.

  • I saw them each year at our party at Joy’s house and always was inspired by their vibrant personalities and love they shared for each other.

  • Nana and Papa was a honor to have known in my life journey Meeting her in Jamaica at the beach with there son Carl was some of the most enjoyable experience of my life.Nana made me laugh and laugh She was so funny always wanting to go back to bed to sleep instead of being at the beach at 6:30 I’m going to miss that Lady but i have so many memories and videos to remember her and Papa .Blessings to the family God has called them home

  • Rest in eternal peace Irene. I was blessed to have met Irene & Carl when I was just 16. I will never forget them both! Irene was a fabulous cook always encouraging me to eat her many home made delicacy’s. I always felt like I was part of the family upon our first meeting. Carl and Irene were always so kind and engaging with my parents, my wife and my children. You will be remembered by so many people.

    Leo & Ana

  • There are a lifetime of wonderful memories of my cousins and their families. They were always part of every important event. . I will dearly miss Irene and Carl but feel that they are happily reunited with each other and with those who passed before them. They will forever be in my heart and prayers.