Ethel M. Perry


WILTON – Ethel M. (Libby) Perry, 82, of Wilton, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and David Gould, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 1, 1924, in Weld, a daughter of Isaac B. and Idella M. (Wyman) Libby. She received her education in Weld schools and on Nov. 17, 1942, married Joseph O. Perry at the Wilton Methodist parsonage.

For 20 years, she was a stitcher at G.H. Bass Shoe Co. and she also packed apples at Rands’ Orchards in Wilton for many years. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Jay.

She is described by her family as a consummate homemaker and the ultimate caregiver. She lived by the saying that one good turn deserved another and she always remembered those who extended kindness to her family. She lived her life in such a way that others were provided an example of unselfish giving.

Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, cooking, flower gardening, baking, bird watching and walking. She always enjoyed the outdoors and family camping trips.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Joseph O. Perry of Wilton; two daughters, Meredith G. Farrington, and her husband, Milton, of Jay and Jo Ann Gould, and her husband, David, of Wilton; one sister, Kathleen “Katie” Daley, and her husband, Edward, of Dixfield; two brothers, Clinton “Bud” Libby, and his wife, Connie and Clayton “Kelly” Libby, and his wife, Denise, all of Dixfield; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Judy Tardif in 1997; and five sisters, Evangeline Parker, Geraldine Libby, Elizabeth Robbins, Lillian Robbins and Pauline Winter.