Luella I. Kirby, 75, Westport


Luella I. (Butts) Kirby, 75, of Westport died Friday, April 18, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital after a brief illness.  Born in Acushnet, daughter of the late Frank C. and Veronica I. (Mastera) Butts, she had lived in Westport for most of her life.

Prior to retirement she was a payroll clerk for the Westport School Department.  Mrs. Kirby was a member of A.F.S.M.E.  She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Survivors include two sons, Robert V. Kirby and his companion Sue of Westport, and Michael G. Kirby and his wife Marcia of Florida; a daughter, Sherrie M. DuVarney and her husband Tedd of Westport; two sisters, Joyce C. Faria of Westport and Marcia A. Webb of Florida; and seven grandchildren, Jake, Lauren, Rachel, Robert, Chad, Tommy and Veronica.

A graveside service, to which relatives and friends are invited, will be Monday, April 28, at Peckham West Cemetery, New Bedford, at 11 a.m.  Memorial visitation will be Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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