BREWER – Irma G. Smith, 82, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away peacefully Aug. 22, 2013, at her home in Brewer. She was born June 20, 1931, in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Freeman and Loretta (Elsemore) Gould.
Irma grew up in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School. She later graduated from Husson College, where she met her first husband, Louis Morelli, the father of her three children. They lived on Chamberlain Street in Brewer for many years. Irma was a member of the Jaycee Wives and an avid bridge player. She was very active in her children’s lives, including serving as a Girl Scout leader and as a Cub Scout den mother. Irma was extremely supportive and proud of her children and their pursuits. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the delight of her life. Irma was known for her ready laugh, easy-going nature, and wonderful sense of humor.
Irma worked at the H.F. Scott Insurance Agency in Bangor, and later became a Realtor with ERA Dawson Realtors. Irma had a beautiful voice; she sang in the choir at the First Congregational Church of Brewer, and later with the Bangor Community Chorus. Irma enjoyed swimming and water aerobics with her friends at the YWCA pool in Bangor. Her second husband, Roger Smith, was State Steward for the Maine State Harness Racing Commission, which gave them the opportunity to travel together to fairs and harness races throughout New England for many years.
Irma was predeceased by her husband, Roger Smith. Surviving are her three children, Carol Jordan and her husband, William, of Portland, Thomas Morelli and his wife, Karen, of Brewer, and James Morelli of Framingham, Mass.; four grandchildren, Scott Morelli and his wife, Beth, of New Gloucester, Mira and Juliana Jordan, both of Portland, and Charlotte Morelli of Brewer; three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Isabelle and Amelia Morelli of New Gloucester; two sisters, Norma Lanigan and her husband, Fred, of Woodland/Baileyville and Jean Jacobsen and her husband, Jake, of Anchorage, Alaska; and several nieces and nephews. She enjoyed a special relationship with her first cousin and life-long best friend, Erlise Hughes of Bangor. Her stepgranddaughter, Debbie Smith, meant a lot to her as well.
A memorial service honoring and celebrating Irma’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Condolences and memories for the family maybe expressed at www.kileyandfoley.com.