Colleen Sylvia of Dairy Maid Ice Cream announced on the business's Facebook page that her mother, Irene Carey, had passed away this weekend.

"Dear family, friends and customers,
On September 29 our owner Irene Carey passed away. For those of you who don’t know, Ms. Carey has been battling lung cancer for the past 2 years. These past couple years have been some of the most difficult years we have ever experienced and we can’t thank you enough for all your continued support through it all. Anyone who knew Ms. Carey knows what an amazing mother, daughter, grandmother, and boss she was with an incredible sense of humor. I (Colleen Sylvia) have run this business alongside my mother for the past 33 years. My sons and I are very proud to continue something that is very special to our family. Rest In Peace Irene Carey, you will forever be in our hearts."

Members of the community have left comments on the post, sharing their condolences for the loss of the spirit behind such "wonderful scoopers."

"So sorry for your loss, Colleen. Ms. Carey was someone who stayed in your heart once you met her. A lovely woman with a big heart and great spirit." - Anabela Ribau da Silva

 

"My thoughts are with everyone involved during this time. Loved Dairy Maid for years, and I know the family will continue to make their mother proud keeping the business thriving." - Matthew Vieira

May Irene enjoy all the chocolate and vanilla twists that heaven has to offer. Rest in the sweetest of peace, Irene.

Dairy Maid Ice Cream via Facebook