Irene Müller Stanley

Beloved mother, wife, and artist Irene Müller Stanley passed away peacefully the evening of March 20, 2017. She was a beautiful human being, inside and out, full of life, curiosity, and hope, and for whom her family was first love.

Born in 1929, raised, and educated in Berlin, Germany, her family narrowly made it to Austria towards the end of WW II, where she met her husband, Duffy Stanley, who was a G.I. from Midland, Texas. Her lively spirit and feisty demeanor helped her through the trials of war. After the war, Irene and Duffy married in 1948 and in 1951 settled in El Paso. With patience and an innate joy of living, she embraced a full and productive life in her new home in Texas. They raised a family of 5 children.

At an early age, she was sensitized to art by her German-Russian artist father and her German-Italian mother. Irene majored in arts and languages at UTEP and became an accomplished interior designer and colorist, working with her husband on many well-known El Paso buildings. She studied graphic arts, watercolor and oil painting and was in the midst of several new watercolors when she passed.

She is greatly missed by all who knew her.

Irene is survived by two brothers, Pete Müller and Alex Müller, as well as five children: Sheila (Richard) Hills, Lars (Lauren) Stanley, Brock Stanley, Sonya (Kirk) Howeth, and Sharon (Frederic) Stanley-Moreno; ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, a nice round number.

Services will be held at 1p.m. Friday, May 12, at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to “Pets Alive - El Paso.” Website is