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Irene Rose LaRoche Drew passed away on Oct. 27 at her home in Las Vegas, Nev.

Irene Rose LaRoche Drew passed away on Oct. 27 at her home in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Irene Rose LaRoche Drew

Irene Rose LaRoche Drew, 104, of 9428 Tallwood Lane, Las Vegas, Nev., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, due to complications of kidney failure and was surrounded by her daughters, son-in-law, granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

Irene was born on Sept. 5, 1911 in Nashua, N.H., the daughter of Francis Edward LaRoche and Mary Jane Gelinas LaRoche. She spent her early years in New Hampshire and then followed her dad to Canada where work (carpentry) and family relatives were at the time. She was strongly educated in both French and English by the Catholic nuns in the area, and, by her high school years, she was teaching elementary school.

When her dad’s work took them from Canada to Swanton, Vt., she ended up working as a distinguished waitress for the Tyler Place in Highgate. Later in life she met and married Herbert F. Drew, on Nov. 30, 1936, and began a career as a stay-at-home wife, where they raised four children.

Her husband was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and she took care of the children and her father until her husband returned. After the war, work in Swanton was at a standstill so she packed up the family and they all moved to the big city, Burlington in 1948. Her husband (a meat cutter) and her father (a skilled carpenter) both found work right away and the family stayed there until all the children were out of high school in the late 1950s. Then she decided to go back to work as a waitress and worked for well-known restaurants in town such as, “The Above Par”; Nick Pappas’s Greek Restaurant (The Park Cafe); and “Valade’s Terminal Restaurant,” and, at Valade’s, she also trained her daughters to be excellent waitresses.

After the children began to marry off and lead their own lives, and after her father passed away in 1968, she and her husband retired and moved to Milton and enjoyed a few years together until her husband passed away in February 1979. Later, she and her daughters and son-in-law moved out of Vermont because of the winters and found a home in Las Vegas, Nev., and have been there for the past 26 years.

Thanks to her daughters who were her nurses day and night for the past 10-plus years.

Survivors include her children, son, Herbert F. Drew Jr. of Colchester; her daughters, Mary Ellen Boucher of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Jean Grant of Milton and Donna Mae Kingsley of Las Vegas, Nev.; her sons-in-law, Rupert Kingsley Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev. and Dalton E. Grant of Milton; her grandchildren, David J. Drew of Orange, Va., Debbie Gadue of Las Vegas, Nev., Michael Grant of Las Vegas, Nev., Wendy J. Lincoln and her husband Abe of Colchester, and Adam Kingsley of Las Vegas, Nev.; her great-grandchildren, Nathan and Brittney Gadue of Las Vegas, Nev. and Michael and Brandon Lincoln of Colchester; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a younger brother at birth, her parents, Francis E. and Mary Jane LaRoche, her husband, Herbert F. Drew Sr., great-grandchild Bradley J. Drew of Colchester and daughter-in-law Sandra J. Chouinard Drew of Colchester.

Arrangements are being made in Las Vegas, Nev. Per Irene’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. Interment will follow later in the spring of 2016, in Burlington, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to

Mary Ellen Boucher; 9428 Tallwood Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89129.