Irene Butterman was the wife of Frank Butterman and the mother of Danny. A devoted citizen of Sandford, she was head of the women's institute and chair of the floral committee. She grew obsessed with the Village of the Year award and worked tirelessly to win it. However, the night before the judges arrived, a group of gypsies moved into Callahen Park. Soon, the village was in disarray and lost the competition. Irene went mad and drove her Datsun Cherry into Sandford Gorge, killing herself. The event mentally scarred Frank, causing him to go psychotic and start the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance, a murderous group hellbent on keeping Sandford "great."