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Edith Ireland, 91, Wilton Native

WILTON, Conn. – Edith Ireland, a Wilton native, died Nov. 25 at The Greens at Cannondale after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 91.

Born April 14, 1921, in Thomaston, she was the daughter of Rose and AI Thorpe. As a young woman, Ireland loved to ride horses at her home in Wilton. She also loved going to Norwalk with her friends to see movies.

She worked at the original Village Market in Wilton and married William “Doug” Ireland in 1944. She became a member of the First United Methodist Church in South Norwalk, where she enjoyed helping with tag sales and bake sales.

Known to family and friends as Edie, Ireland could often be heard saying, "If you can't have a little fun, you might as well give up."

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Carl) Yarnold; a son, Robert (Carol); and five grandchildren.

Services will be private. Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory in Norwalk is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897, or The Greens at Cannondale, Employee Holiday Fund, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.

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