OPAL F. IRELAND

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

DEXTER – Opal F. Ireland, 84, wife of the late Oscar W. Ireland, passed away May 26, 2007, in Dover-Foxcroft, after a period of ill health. She was born June 8, 1922, in Skowhegan, the daughter of Thomas N. and Effie (King) Flewelling. Later, the family moved to Silver’s Mills and she went to school in Sangerville and graduated from N.H. Fay High School, Dexter. She married Oscar Nov. 27, 1940, and when he returned from the Pacific theatre after World War II, they made their home in Corinna for 49 years. She retired from Eastland Woolen Mill in 1985, after 23 1/2 years as a spinner. Later she moved to Dexter. Opal was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Dexter, the Dexter Sunshine Club, the Cleora Rebekah Lodge No. 111 and Senior Citizens, both of Corinna. She is survived by three sons, Eric R. and wife, Beth, of Groveland, Mass., Bruce K. and wife, Deborah, of Hermon and Brent O. and wife, Esther, of Corinna; five grandsons, Darrell and wife, Cindy, of Elkton, Md., Marshall of Haverhill, Mass., Joshua of Standish, Benjamin of Buffalo, N.Y., and Braydon of Syracuse, N.Y.; one great-granddaughter, Amanda Ireland of Buffalo, N.Y.; three great-great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren, Steven Her-som of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Vickie Hersom of Beverly, Mass.; a brother, Thomas N. and wife, Lois, of Sutherlin, Ore.; 11 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Alfreda Haines, Glennys Roberts and Edith Mc-Laughlin; and three brothers, Forrest, Howard and Sheldon. At her request, there will be no visiting hours. A graveside committal service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Nutter Cemetery, Packard Road, Corinna. Donations may be made in her memory to CancerCare of Maine, 417 State St., Suite 20, Bangor, ME 04401-6600, or to the Dexter Sunshine Club, care of Nancy Baldwin, 59 Arcadia St., Dexter, ME 04930, or to the First Universalist Church, care of John Albertini, 1158 Dover Road, Charleston, ME 04422, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Dexter. For an online guest book, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com

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