Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 30, 2013

Irene (Byrom) Brightman, 92


North Andover — Irene (Byrom) Brightman, 92, of North Andover, Mass., died May 18, 2013, at the Meadows in North Andover. She was born on December 20, 1920, in Lawrence, Mass., to the late James and Louisa (Margerison) Byrom. Irene was raised in North Andover, and was a graduate of Johnson High School. Following high school she was employed as a secretary for several area businesses for 30 years, and later sold Avon products.

She was married to the late George L. Brightman, and lived for 45 years in the house they both built in Andover until moving to Edgewood in May 1997.

Her biggest passions were Lawrence General Hospital and Edgewood Retirement Community. Irene began rolling bandages at Lawrence General during WWII, and continued volunteering there much of her life, with 10 years of steady service from 1998 to 2008. Mrs. Brightman was treasurer of the Edgewood Association for four years, and buyer for the Edgewood convenience store for 9 years. She proofread the Edgewood News, set type, and occasionally contributed her own writing. Irene also assisted with marketing, the library, bridge, Bingo, and enjoyed a multitude of trips, lectures, concerts, and other activities. She previously gave time to an assortment of organizations, including the American Cancer Society, and Christ Church, in Andover.

Irene is survived by her daughter, Carol and son-in-law, Mitch, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of Life will be held in the Edgewood auditorium on Tuesday, June 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brain Cancer Research Institute, 3525 Del Mar Heights Road, #133, San Diego, CA 92130.

To offer online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.