GREENWOODS/ALBURGH SPRINGS —Velma Mary Irish, age 78 years, died early Friday morning Feb. 6, 2015, at her home with loving family at her side.

Born in Colchester on July 12, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Ruby (Trayah) Shores. She attended Milton schools and on Oct. 13, 1956, was married to Bertrand Irish who predeceased her on Jan. 10, 1997. A devoted homemaker and mother Velma also enjoyed fishing, bingo and gardening.

Survivors include four daughters, Ruby Irish of Alburgh, Candy Rolls and husband, Brian, of Alburgh, Julie Pease and husband, Chuck, of Alburgh and Brenda Irish of St. Albans; three sons, Paul Irish and fiancée, Maryanne Eithier, of Swanton, Donald Irish and wife, Joan, of Swanton and Daniel and wife, Angie, of Alburgh; a half-sister, Della Bruyette of Cape Coral, Fla.; a total of 53 grand and great grandchildren and special cousins, Dick and Shirley Shores of Fairfax.

In addition to her parents and husband, Bertrand, Velma was predeceased by a son Billy Joe on June 2, 1961 as well as four brothers and one sister.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 1 p.m. from the Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 4 Fire House Drive, Alburgh. The Reverend John H.D. Lucy will officiate. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service.

Gifts in Velma’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Williston 05446 or to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, Saint Albans 05478. To offer private online condolences please visit: