Irene (Rena) Victoria Easton






renamettYesterday I came across an old e-mail from a high school friend of Rena Christensen. He admonished me for making this Midwest Beauty out to be a goddess. I had compared her beauty to the face that launched a thousand ships.

This bid me to launch another search for my Muse. What had become of her. Who did she marry? What is her surname? Where are her two children? We know she married an Admiral and lived on the Isle of Wight with her two children. Last night I found and obituary for Rena’s beautiful twenty year old daughter. I wept, like I did when I learned Rena lost her husband. I found her husband.

Rena was afraid to even look at the ocean when we met in 1970. She told me she was afraid of it. Two hours later she does something so dramatic and beautiful in order to get over her fear. Admiral Sir Ian Easton captained Aircraft Carriers. He flew planes in WW2. Ian was Former Head of the British Defense Staff that just met in Washington to discuss cuts in military budgets. He put boats in battle for the Cup. He was seventy one when he died. Rena is sixty one today. I was twenty three when we met, and she was seventeen.

One day when we went to our little beach, Rena disappeared. I found her on the other side of a large rock in a precarious place. She was intently looking at the ocean waves. I knew she was trying to see her future, set a direction for the course of her life.

“Rena. Don’t panic, but, you are not safe there. Come towards me.”

She put these words on her husband’s monument;

“Sweet and low, winds of the western sea”

It is beautiful women like Irene Easton, that put young men in the middle of the seven seas, looking over the horizon for their Helen. The legend of Brutus of Troy, founder of Britain,
is what propels this nation forward, and puts these Trojans in suspense, as they wait for the birth of Kate Windsor’s first child. This mother to be modeled a sexy dress on a runway, and caught the eye of a prince. Beauty rules the waves!

And everywhere Beauty go, the Poet is soon to follow.

I do not regret taking poetic liberty with my muse. English Poetry is the engine of love, a ring of fire that protects that Isle. Irene Victoria is a British subject that came out of Grand Island Nebraska to see what she shall see. Rena has seen the world. Good for her!

Jon Presco

From: Bill & Jeanette Grummons
Subject: [BlackSheep-L] Isle of Wight
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 07:47:07 -0700

Seems to me I remember seeing mention of someone researching The Isle of

Wight, England.  If so, they may find the following obit of interest.
Sorry about that, have another honeydew day ahead of me and was taking

Bill and Jeanette, IBSSG
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     Former Bozeman High School state debate champion Kathleen Anne
“Katie” Easton, passed away as a result of an automobile accident early
Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999.  She was born April 20, 1979, to Irene (Rena) and
Admiral Sir Ian Easton, K.C.B. D.S.C. on the Isle of Wight, England. 
She attended grade school on the Isle of Wight and transferred to Chief
Joseph Middle School when she and her family moved to Bozeman in 1991.
She graduated from Bozeman High School in 1997.
    During high school, she completed a stellar career in forensics.  As
a policy debater in her sophomore and junior years, she compiled a 72.54
percent win/loss record.  In her senior year, she switched to
parliamentary debate and became a dominant force in the event, winning
the 1997 Montana state championship and the District NFL qualifying
tournaments.  At the 1997 Nationals Katie reached the semifinal round of
competition, a result that placed her in among the top 16 parliamentary
debaters in the country.
    After graduation, Katie attended The University of Montana for three
semesters as a student in the College of Arts and Sciences with an
emphasis in environmental science.  She achieved a 3.9 grade point
average, and had taken up skydiving. She planned to spend this summer
participating in Outward Bound in the North Woods of Maine and the
Florida Everglades.  She recently was accepted by AmeriCorps as a
National Service volunteer, beginning in September 1999.
    Katie loved the outdoors. She was an avid sailor who attended the
Medina Valley Sailing Centre on the Isle of Wight and achieved a Grade 5
with the Royal Yachting Association on the International Competitive
Exam. She enjoyed reading literature and was a Celtic and rock music
buff, a hobby that she shared with many friends and teammates who will
miss her unpretentious, humble manner and dry wit.  Katie was a true
humanitarian, a loyal, caring person who enriched the lives of all she
     She was preceded in death by her father, Admiral Sir Ian Easton
K.C.B. D.S.C.; Her maternal grandmother, Ann Last Christensen, her
maternal grandfather, Thomas Ernest Christensen; and her paternal
grandparents Walter and Janet Easton.
    She is survived by her mother Irene Easton of Bozeman, brother James
Easton, who is serving on the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy; and brother Hamish
Easton who resides in London, England.
    Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 13 at The
Salvation Army Church, corner of Church and Lamme Street.  Interment
will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Worthy Student Scholarship Fund for
Speech and Debate Scholarship, c/o Jan Wenderoth, Bozeman High School,
205 N. 11th Ave. Bozeman, MT 59715

Irene Easton was born in 1952. Irene currently lives in Bozeman, Montana. Before that, she lived in Manhattan, MT from 1999 to 2009. Before that, she lived in West Yellowstone, MT from 2010 to 2012.

Sir Ian Easton
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Admiral, K.C.B., D.S.C. Former Head of the British Defence Staff. He was Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1976, a UK senior serving military officer between 1972 and 2001. For the 2nd Louis Vuitton Cup, which was held in Fremantle, Australia in 1987, he paid an entry fee deposit of $16.000 for Royal Thames Yacht Club’s White Crusader I and White Crusader II, representing United Kingdom.
All Saints Churchyard
Isle of Wight, England

In 1922 a cabinet committee under Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, recommended the formation of the College.[1] The college was founded in 1927 as the Imperial Defence College and was located at 9 Buckingham Gate until 1939.[1] Its objective at that time was the defence of the Empire.[1] In 1946, following the end of World War II, the college reopened at Seaford House, Belgrave Square and members of the United States forces started attending courses.[1] It was renamed the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1970 and in 2007 the Queen and Prince Philip visited the college.[1]

The British Defence Staff – US, which was previously known as British Defence Staff (Washington),[1] is the home of the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom) in the United States of America and its purpose is to serve the interests of Her Majesty’s Government in the USA. The British Defence Staff – US is led by the Defence Attaché and has responsibility for military and civilian MOD personnel located both within the Embassy and in 34 states across the USA.
British Defence Staff – US alongside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government Departments collectively serve the interests of Her Majesty’s Government in the USA.
The British Defence Staff in the United States is led by the Defence Attaché Major-General Francis Hedley Robertson “Buster” Howes, CB, OBE. The Defence Attaché is the British Ambassador’s senior adviser on defence issues, and as Head of the British Defence Staff in the United States has responsibility over 385 military and civilian MOD personnel located both within the Embassy and in 34 states across the USA. The Defence Attaché is drawn rotationally from each of the three Services.
BDS-US Command Group

WASHINGTON — In what is believed to be the first time since the 1940s, the entire British defense staff will be here March 25 to discuss long-range strategy and the impact of budget cuts with their U.S. counterparts, according to U.S. and British sources.
The meeting is reminiscent of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, when British and American military leaders joined forces during World War II. Both nations are undergoing significant budgetary reductions and will continue to rely on each other in future years for support. Understanding what capabilities will survive and won’t is essential to long-term strategic planning.

Easton joined the Royal Navy in 1931 and qualified as a pilot at the start of World War II in which he saw active service on aircraft carriers.[1] On 4 January 1941, flying a Fairey Fulmar of 803 Squadron from HMS Formidable during a raid on Dakar he force landed, with his aircrewman Naval Airman James Burkey and was taken prisoner and held by the Vichy French at a camp near Timbuktu until released in November 1942.[2] He was appointed Assistant Director of the Tactical and Weapons Policy Division at the Admiralty in 1960 and was seconded to the Royal Australian Navy as Captain of HMAS Watson in 1962.[1] He went on to be Naval Assistant to the Naval Member of the Templer Committee on Rationalisation of Air Power in 1965, Director of Naval Tactical and Weapons Policy Division at the Admiralty in 1966 and Captain of the aircraft carrier HMS Triumph in 1968.[1] After that he was made Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy) in 1969, Flag Officer for the Admiralty Interview Board in 1971 and Head of British Defence Staff and Senior Defence Attaché in Washington D. C. in 1973.[1] He last posting was as Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1976: he commissioned armourial bearings for the College which were which were presented during a visit by the Queen in November 1977.[3] He retired in 1978.[1]

The Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies was a UK senior serving military officer between 1972 and 2001. The post rotated through the three branches of the armed forces in turn. In 1971 the old Imperial Defence College became the Royal College of Defence Studies. In 1991, the post was downgraded to three-star, and then in 2001, it was opened up to competition through public advertisement. Subsequent incumbents have as yet all been senior retired military officers.,7185130

British America’s Cup Challenge (United Kingdom)[edit]
From the Royal Thames Yacht Club, White Crusader was designed by Ian Howlett and was a traditional 12 metre design evolved from the DeSavery Lionhart ’83 boat of the previous Americas Cup event. However, White Crusader II was a radical design and designed by David Hollam. This second boat was used as a trial horse against White Crusader, but the team eventually decided to use the more conventional designed boat. Tank testing was carried out at Southampton University and HMS Haslar. The deadline for acceptance of challenges was 1 April 1986 and Admiral Sir Ian Easton wrote his own personal cheque for $16,000 as an entry fee deposit. Harold Cudmore acted as skipper-tactician and starting helmsman who then handed over the helm to Chris Law for the remainder of each races. Both boats were originally named simply Crusader One and Two but the “White” part of their names were added when millionaire Graham Walker (Of White Horse whiskey fame) gave heavy sponsorship to the British challengers at the last minute before the event started so the “White” was added to their names.

[Sir] Ian

Younger son of Walter Easton, and Janet Elizabeth White-Rickard, of West Mersea, Essex.
Married 1st (08.05.1943, Chelsea district, London) Shirley Townend White, WRNS (26.09.1922 – 12.2002) (marriage dissolved) [she remarried (1962) Lt. Merrick Edsell Maslen, RN (1923-1994)], elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Keith Townend White, of Wimbledon Common; one son, one daughter.
Married 2nd ((09?).1962, Kensington district, London) Margarethe Elizabeth Martinette Van Duyn de Sparwoude (marriage dissolved) [she was earlier (1945) married to Ian A. McKenzie Williamson]; one daughter.
Married 3rd (09.1987, Isle of Wight) Irene Victoria Christensen; one son, one daughter.

By LUANN ROD, Chronicle Staff Writer | 0 comments

What does a dancer do when there’s no place to dance?

Some teach, some study, some retire and others decide to put on a show.

That’s what happened when Jackie Englehart and Rena Easton saw the lack of opportunity for trained and talented older dancers in the Bozeman area.

IndepenDANCE alighted on the stage of the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture’s theater in 2009.

Now in its third year, the production is a bit different from other local dance performances in that all the dancers are over the age of 18 and anyone who wants to participate, regardless of experience, finds a place and a stage.

What is on display in abundance is talent and professionalism.

IndepenDANCE is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group of individuals working together to showcase their talent, according to a mission statement from the group.

The idea hatched a few years ago when Englehart missed the auditions for the annual Montana State University dance production. She had already started choreography for a piece and was disappointed to think that there were so few opportunities for choreographers and dancers, especially older dancers, to perform.

She and a few others, including Easton, another local dancer and choreographer, started talking about doing their own dance production.

“We realized there were quite a few dancers in Bozeman that didn’t have an outlet to perform or choreograph,” said Englehart.

For Englehart, after 40 years dancing, performance is still an integral part of the passion. She teaches dance part time at Main Street Dance and works retail the rest of the time. She’s taught, studied and performed whenever she had the opportunity.

Dance is an expression, said Englehart. “For me, it comes from the inside out. It’s not something you can find anywhere else. It combines the physical, mental and emotional spirit of expression.”

But practicing in a studio is not enough to fully enjoy dancing, said Cathy Werner of Mountain Air Dance.

“I think it’s important as adult dancer to continue the performance part of the art,” she said. “Taking class is great, but in the art of dance it is an amazing feeling to be up there on stage performing for your audience … finding that internal expression and sharing it with the audience.”

After a few years of batting the germ of the idea about, Easton put up the money, took a chance and rented theater space at the Emerson. “So we had to come up with a show. It started snowballing from there,” Englehart said.

They held auditions to find out what other dancers were looking for performance opportunities.

“As a movement artist, you need other people,” Englehart said. “So if you don’t own a studio or take classes, it’s difficult to figure out how to gather people to do a movement piece.”

The auditions were designed not to eliminate dancers but as an introduction between dancers and choreographers.

“IndenDANCE has been all-inclusive,” said Werner, who has performed and choreographed for the event since its beginning.

“At the auditions, the choreographer taught a short phrase in the style they were choosing to choreograph,” Werner said.

Englehart found two dancers during the auditions for her performance piece this year. Paige Franklin and Alli Price, along with Kay Van Norman and Englehart, dance a contemporary piece to “Underwater” by Vertical Horizon.

Werner has been both a dancer and a choreographer. This year she’s collaborating with other choreographers to include her style of aerial dance in the pieces.

One of the performances will include eight of her students on trapezes in a jazzy production of “Sway” by the Pussy Cat Dolls. She’s co-choreographing with Skye Anderson.

“It’s in a burlesque style, very upbeat and sexy,” Werner said.

There’s a variety of styles included in the approximately two-hour production, a trend that grows each year.

“We’re more aware of the variety we have,” said Englehart, “from the mambo to contemporary, some ballet, aerial fabric, Charleston, hip-hop. It’s just bringing in more and more diversity.”

“It’s a fun mix of people and style. It’s a good opportunity for a dancer who doesn’t really have any dance performances around Bozeman,” said Werner.

There will be 20 different dances choreographed by 12 choreographers for 64 dancers.

“Each year has been different,” said Englehart. “I think the production has become more efficient. Gathering all the people – probably 50 to 100 people in this one place and time – requires some doing posters and organizing and gathering stage crew and lighting.

“The first one was a big experiment, but came off and got very good reviews from the audience. The second raised the bar. Each group worked a little harder, made it a little more professional.

“This year we feel the pieces are little more serious in content and a little darker. We have a few new people that heard about us … that have come in. There’s more excitement about being involved.”

LuAnn Rod is at

Nov. 3 – Jazz Dance Workout with Rena Easton, adult beginners jazz class in the Luigi technique, at The Ridge Athletic Club, Saturdays Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Public welcome.

Nov. 3 – Jazz Dance Workout with Rena Easton, adult beginners jazz class in the Luigi technique, at The Ridge Athletic Club, Saturdays Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Public welcome.

Rena Easton is teaching a jazz dance workout for adults at the Ridge Athletic Club on Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Non-members of the club are welcome.
According to Easton, adults love to dance and attend dance classes, but there are few classes for adults in an adult atmosphere. Many dance studios cater almost exclusively to children and teens. This is a chance for wannabe dancers to jump in and learn.

For more information about sign-up and fees call Julie Kroemer at The Ridge Athletic Club at 586-1737.,_Montana

In the Roman de Brut by Wace, Brutus of Troy falls asleep before a statue of the goddess Diana in her abandoned temple and has a dream of the island he is destined to settle. This land is Britian.
On the grounds of Blenhiem Palace there is a temple for the goddess Diana where Winston Churchill proposed to his wife. This temple looks like the one that was built for Princess Diana Spencer who is kin to the Churchills and Dukes of Marlborough. It was on these grounds that King Henry built a Troy-town for Fair Rosamond, who descends from Rollo. Henry claimed he descends from Brutus of Troy. The Sleeping Beauty Princess was named ‘Rosamond’. Princess Diana was named ‘England’s Rose’. There is a rose in the middle of the Round Table that Wace introduced to the Arthurian Legends. Wace brought the sword he called ‘Excalibur’.
Above is a print of Wace delivered ‘The Roman de Rou’ to King Henry. As promised, here is the Grail Line of the Norse. The name Rosamond will forever be associated with the Holy Grail. I will forever be known as a Grail Author and Grail Scholar. I have immortalized my family. I have connected Princess Diana to the Grail Legends. One day, one, or both of her sons, will be the King of England.
Long live the king!
John Presco
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  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    Rena’s late husband, Ian Easton, was the head of British Defense Staff in Washington that has been working behind the scenes, making sure British and American interests are aligned. Our President has to take in the ant-war movement in both nations as he prepares to battle a common enemy. Rena has a unique perspective in regards to the men she has bonded with. Her worldview is extremely important. But she is a recluse. I bid her to dig deep and bring forth her dream of a beautiful world, yet to be. If WE give up now, then all that is ugly in the world, has won the war before it has begun. We must seize the day, and make over the world in our best image, for it is on the brink of ruin. their town.

    Scotland is preparing for an historic referendum on September 18 to decide whether to secede from the United Kingdom. If the ‘yes’ vote holds sway, Britain will be diminished and its international influence suffer a significant body blow.
    Moreover, the unravelling might not end there. Not only would the continued union between England, Wales and Northern Ireland be potentially in jeopardy. Scottish independence would also raise the likelihood of the UK leaving the EU too. 

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    Britain has been one of the last western countries to offer to arm the Kurds with similar decisions already taken by Italy, France, the US, Australia and some smaller countries. British hesitation may have been in deference to objections from Turkey. The UK has been sending Tornados on reconnaissance missions.

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