NORTH BERWICK – Irma M. Plaisted, 85, wife of the late Ernold E. Plaisted and formerly of Limerick and Alfred, died on Saturday, April 11, at Varney Crossing Nursing Care Center, after a long struggle with diabetes and dementia.

She was born May 9, 1923, the daughter of Florence Wright, who died when Irma was very young. She was raised by her foster parents, Maude and Edwin Ridley of North Leeds, whom she adored. She attended Leeds and Monmouth schools and graduated from Monmouth Academy. She also attended the former Auburn Maine School of Commerce.

She worked at the Maine State Highway Department in Augusta, until her marriage to Ernold E. Plaisted in 1947. She also worked at the former Limerick Shoe Shop and Corey Shoe Co. in Sanford.

She enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint and embroidery, before a stroke in 2003 took that ability away from her.

Surviving are three children, Linda Sherman and her husband, Wayne, of Wales, Larry Plaisted and his wife, Vicki, of Ellsworth and Lorri Haley and her husband, Ralph, of Alfred; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Haley of Limington; four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Hilarie Morris, Ryan Sherman, Cory Plaisted, Kip Plaisted, Heather Larson and Luke Gross; seven great-grandchildren; as well as nephews and their families.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband in 1991; her foster parents in 1968 and 1991; and a brother, Private Orin Wright, who was killed in action in France during World War II.

The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation to everyone at Varney Crossing for their care and kindness during the time she was a resident there and to Beacon Hospice for their kind attention during her final days.

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