Irma M. Reed Andrews

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Irma M. Reed Andrews
PORTLAND -- Irma M. Reed Andrews passed on peacefully on Aug. 24, 2013, in the warm comfort of her family and caring staff of the Gosnell House. She succumbed to a stroke after nine years of progressive dementia.
Irma was born in Portland on July 25,1928, and lived on Cumberland Avenue with her brother George Reed and her mother, Frieda Schonland Reed. She graduated from Portland High School in 1946, and received the Brown Medal, an achievement of which she remained quite proud. She continued her studies in mathematics at Bates College, where she met her future husband, Robert Andrews. After graduation in 1950, Irma and Robert married and began a 53 year life adventure. She accompanied Bob to an Army posting in Heidelberg, Germany. Her twin sons were born at the Army station hospital in 1952. Bob and Irma returned to Hartford, Conn., after discharge from the Army and returned to Portland in 1956. She began employment Union Mutual Insurance Company in 1959, from which she retired 34 years later.
Irma was exemplary in her tireless ability to care for her family while juggling her job and her marriage. Irma and Bob instilled in their children an early appreciation of reading, music, and the finer points of the English language, and a love of travel. They created lasting memories for their sons in their camping trips to various destinations in Maine and the maritime provinces. Irma's favorite and most frequent destination was to the Schonland Cottage on the western waterfront of Long Island. It was here that she had spent idyllic time as a child and young woman with her brother George and mother, as well as other cousins, aunts, and uncles. She went on to recreate those memories for her own children.
Irma and her husband followed their love of travel and history, including trips to Europe, the Caribbean, the southwest U.S., and Alaska on their many destinations, as well as visits with their children and grandchildren.
Beyond her career and family, Irma remained active with the Portland High and Bates College Alumni Associations, she volunteered for many years providing tax counseling and assistance to the elderly of Portland and was a advocate for the local Osteoporosis Foundation.
She had a deep love of animals which included a long line of dogs and cats in her family, as well as a horse in later years. Above all, Irma was a nurturing care giver. She rose to the challenge of caring for both her aging mother, as well as her husband during his fight with dementia. In the last six years of her life, Irma resided at the Woods at Canco with the help of her many friends and the visiting nursing care services.
Irma was predeceased by her mother at age 100; her husband Robert in 2004; her brother George P. Reed III in May of 2013; and her father, George P. Reed II. She is survived by her sons, Douglas C. Andrews, DVM and wife Elizabeth of Falmouth, David R. Andrews, MD and wife Janice also of Falmouth; nine grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a time of visitation at Jones, Rich and Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. On-line condolences can be given to the family at
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The Long Island Recreation Dept. P.O. Box 263
Long Island, Maine 04050

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 27, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763
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