She was born April 1, 1928 in New Sarpy to Henry Adams and Sophie Mire Adams. She was married to Ray Lashbrook on Dec. 21, 1946 in Brazil. She is survived by her husband, Ray Lashbrook of Rockville; four daughters, Janet Marie Newton (Jim) of Dallas,† Texas, Peggy Lynn Sharkey (Mike) of Danville, Ind., Valerie Ann Youngen (Greg) of Terre Haute and Anne Marie Goad (Norman) of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Anne; three brothers, Roland, Raymond and Stanley Adams; and a sister, Audrey Mae Hymel.
Irene had 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She previously worked as a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone Company and retired from Columbia Records in Terre Haute, where she worked as a graphic artist for 20 years. She also worked in the Parke County Clerk’s office and was conference coordinator at Turkey Run Inn.
She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockville, where she was very active in the church, including teaching Sunday school, and was the first woman to serve as a communion minister. She was also a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in Rockville and the American Legion Auxiliary in Willis, Texas.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockville. Visitation took place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.
A Rosary service took place at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnes and Rice Funeral Home in Rockville. Burial occurred in Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 2345 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260; or the Rox Alumni Fund for Children in Need, Rox Alumni, P.O. Box 558, Mt. Vernon, TX 75457.
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