Iris Bishop Lakin, 100, former secretary in office of Portsmouth City Assessor is your source for free local news and information in Virginia Beach

Iris Bishop Lakin, 100, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away peacefully on July 20, 2016.

Iris was born March 17, 1916, in Baltimore, Md., to Ira and Sophia Bishop. She moved to Portsmouth, Va., where she began working for the Seaboard Airline Railway. She married Walter Lakin in 1939 in Portsmouth, where her son, Gary, was born. Later, she worked for the Portsmouth City Assessor as a secretary for many years. She and Walter moved to Venice, Fla., in 1974.

Iris Lakin
                     Iris Lakin

Following Walter’s death, she spent many years in Largo, Fla., where she met and married Ralph Carlo. In 2004, Iris moved to Virginia Beach, Va., to be closer to her family.

Iris enjoyed arts and crafts, animals and being near the ocean. She always was an active member of the churches she attended and had a close relationship with God. She loved being with people and showed her generosity in many ways.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Walter C. Lakin and Ralph Carlo; her sister, Harriet Vinton; her niece, Janice Perry; and her son, Gary E. Lakin.

Iris is survived by her daughter-in law, Julia Lakin; granddaughters, Kimberly Catt and Debora Ragland (Lee); great-grandson, Pierce Lakin Catt; step-great-granddaughters, Amanda Ragland and Leighann Ragland Luce; and great-nephew, Robert Perry (Julie).

A memorial service, led by the Rev. Ernest L. Trueblood, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1264 Great Neck Road North, Virginia Beach, Va.

Iris was a lover of animals, so contributions in her memory may be sent to the ASPCA at

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