- "No. Thank you. You freed my little girl. But there are no new generations."
- —Ilene's last words before committing suicide. [src]
Ilene Stowe is from the United States. She married her husband Charles, and together they had a daughter named Jessica. Before the outbreak, she and her family planned a wedding for Jessica and Oscar Diaz to be held at the Rosarito Beach Hotel in Baja California, Mexico.
Ilene was in Rosarito with her family celebrating her daughter's wedding at the hotel, despite the rumors and stories of the outbreak threatening to close the border. While Jessica and Oscar danced, she and her husband debated when they should leave Mexico and return to the United States. Hotel manager Elena asked Ilene if everything was okay, to which Ilene explained her decision to make an announcement after the dance to warn her family and guests about the border closing. However, during the dance her husband suffered a heart attack and reanimated, taking a bite out of Jessica's cheek. As panic ensued in the ballroom, Elena locked everyone inside in an effort to contain the situation.
A month later, it is revealed that Ilene survived the ballroom incident with her son-in-law Oscar, Oscar's brother Andrés, and several other wedding guests. She and her group corner Elena and Alicia Clark outside the bar in order to get the master keys to the hotel. They are successful in retrieving the keys. However, Alicia releases zombies from the bar, forcing the group to retreat.
Having survived the zombies, Ilene is seen in a hotel room with Oscar, Andrés, and other survivors as Madison attempts to convince them to work together with her group as well as Elena in order to clear the hotel and secure it from zombies. However, Ilene, still distraught over her daughter's death, steps out onto the balcony to escape the conversation. Later, she witnesses the survivors working together to draw the zombies out of the hotel into the ocean. That night, she does not attend the dinner to celebrate the survivors' new union.
After discovering that Victor Strand convinced Oscar to let him put down Jessica, Ilene knocks on Elena's door while Victor is in her room. Victor answers the door only for Ilene to stab him in the stomach with a dinner knife, distraught that he "killed" her daughter. As Victor receives medical treatment, Ilene is locked away in a room as the other residents watch over her.
Despite not being present in "North", when both Oscar and Andrés are killed, she is still alive, and living in the hotel alongside Elena, Hector, Victor, and the surviving hotel and wedding guests.
After the events of Ilene stabbing Strand, Ilene was sequestered in her room. Hector and Elena claim that she refuses any type of food, or any other person's presence. Hector then opens her door, and tells Strand to convince her to eat. Strand enters her room, and after a short inspection, Ilene points a knife at him, asking what he's doing here. Strand tells her that he's there to treat her, and says he gained experience after she stabbed him. Ilene seems to have no memory of this, and immediately apologizes.
After a short conversation about losing hope, Strand opens the sliding door to the balcony to get some fresh air. He continues telling her about how he delivered a baby, just a short moment ago, and how he had hope for a new generation. Ilene smiles, she then gives Strand a small box and tells him to keep it. She says it was a wedding gift for her daughter. Strand says thank you, and Ilene says thank you as well, for "freeing her little girl." She kisses him on the cheek, and tells him that there are no more generations. She walks to the balcony and suddenly jumps, falling to her death.
This list shows the victims Ilene has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies.
- Victor Strand (Indirecly Caused)
When Strand is in Ilene's room, he suggests opening the balcony for fresh air. After he noticed it was stuck, he finally pulled it open. Ilene seemed to be happy again, and after a short talk, Ilene kissed Strand on the cheek, stood on the hotel balcony and jumped to her death.
- Ilene is the last member of the Stowe family to die.
- The casting call for this character used the name Tracy.
- She was described as "the firm one in the household - she lays down the rules. She sends her husband in to tell their daughter bad news because he can sugar coat in a way that she can’t".