Carmel M. (Reidy) Gilbert, 60, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 20 at her home in Oak Bluffs.

Carmel was born in Mount Hibernia Hospital in Mallow, County Cork Ireland on Jan. 18 1959, the daughter of John and Mary Ann (O’Meara) Reidy.

She moved to the Vineyard in 1987 to start a new life. She is survived by her two children, John Patrick Murray and Jennifer Abreu, her three grandchildren, son-in-law, as well as her three brothers, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her beloved younger sister a little over a year ago.

Carmel knew how to bring joy wherever she went. She brightened up the days of many with her glowing smile, and amazing sense of humor. She always knew how to cheer others up. Her fiery red hair will be remembered by many.

The past 11 years she spent working as head of housekeeping at the Edgartown Inn. She made many close friends over her 32 years here on the Vineyard, friends that she held dearly. Though she is gone now, she will live forever in the hearts of many, and her memory carried on for generations.

Visitation at Chapman, Cole and Gleason on Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. with a funeral service at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.