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Edith L. Blane

West Warwick, Rhode Island

April 13, 1929 - June 10, 2024

Edith L. Blane Obituary

Edith (Littlefield) Blane, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2024. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Blane. Born in South Norwalk, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Byron S. and Jeanette (Maruca) Littlefield.

Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, mentor, businesswoman, civic leader — in addition to these many roles Edith Littlefield Blane was an astute observer of the natural world and the people in it. Her story is one of a life fully lived; as a woman who cultivated her own backyard yet was ahead of her time in many ways. Edie was the first woman elected First Warden on Block Island and also served as the Town Clerk for 16 years. Prior to that she worked as a school secretary, a telephone switchboard operator, publisher of the Block Island Hooter, and ran a business with her sister, Eileen, wallpapering, painting, and quahogging. In 1989 at age 60, Edie started the real estate company, Offshore Property, where she was active until age 85 when she finally retired. Her retirement years included authoring a book of memoirs, “Bound By Blue.” One of her proudest moments was the making of the documentary about her life (also titled “Bound by Blue”) and its winning the New England Documentary Feature at the SENE Film Festival in 2022. Another was being Grand Marshal of the July 4th parade.

Growing up on Block Island was a childhood rich in family and community, if not in material possessions. Edie credited her mother for inspiring a love of music and books, and her teacher, Miss Elizabeth Dickens, with fostering her love of the natural world. Edie was a noted raconteur and gifted writer. Many generations of Block Islanders and visitors to Block Island have had the privilege of listening to her talk about life on the island and its rich history. A remarkably versatile woman, she sewed her own clothes and was famous for her lemon meringue pie and her beautiful roses and peonies. Edie was always up for something fun, acting as lawyer for Goldilocks and the Three Deer in the mock trial fundraiser that was presented at the Empire Theatre in 2014. Edie loved her dogs, her flowers, her friends, and her family — especially her great-grandson Luke Wilk.

She is survived by her son Christopher Blane, daughter-in-law, Cheryl Blane, granddaughter Melanie Wilk, and great-grandson Luke Wilk as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Eileen and Betty, her husband, Edward Blane, and her son, Peter Blane.

Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 11 am in the Harbor Baptist Church, Water St., Block Island. Interment will be private. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Block Island Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, the Block Island Medical Center, or give the gift of a book to a child. Information and condolences, please visit: www.henault-gallogly.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Edith L. Blane hosted by James J. Gallogly & Sons / Henault / Prata.

Edith (Littlefield) Blane, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2024. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward J. Blane. Born in South Norwalk, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Byron S. and Jeanette (Maruca) Littlefield.

Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, mentor, businesswoman, civic leader — in addition to these many roles Edith Littlefield Blane was an astute observer of the natural world and the people in it. Her story is one of a life fully lived; as a woman who cultivated her own backyard yet was ahead of her time in many ways. Edie was the first woman elected First Warden on Block Island and also served as the Town Clerk for 16 years. Prior to that she worked as a school secretary, a telephone switchboard operator, publisher of the Block Island Hooter, and ran a business with her sister, Eileen, wallpapering, painting, and quahogging. In 1989 at age 60, Edie started the real estate company, Offshore Property, where she was active until age 85 when she finally retired. Her retirement years included authoring a book of memoirs, “Bound By Blue.” One of her proudest moments was the making of the documentary about her life (also titled “Bound by Blue”) and its winning the New England Documentary Feature at the SENE Film Festival in 2022. Another was being Grand Marshal of the July 4th parade.

Growing up on Block Island was a childhood rich in family and community, if not in material possessions. Edie credited her mother for inspiring a love of music and books, and her teacher, Miss Elizabeth Dickens, with fostering her love of the natural world. Edie was a noted raconteur and gifted writer. Many generations of Block Islanders and visitors to Block Island have had the privilege of listening to her talk about life on the island and its rich history. A remarkably versatile woman, she sewed her own clothes and was famous for her lemon meringue pie and her beautiful roses and peonies. Edie was always up for something fun, acting as lawyer for Goldilocks and the Three Deer in the mock trial fundraiser that was presented at the Empire Theatre in 2014. Edie loved her dogs, her flowers, her friends, and her family — especially her great-grandson Luke Wilk.

She is survived by her son Christopher Blane, daughter-in-law, Cheryl Blane, granddaughter Melanie Wilk, and great-grandson Luke Wilk as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Eileen and Betty, her husband, Edward Blane, and her son, Peter Blane.

Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 11 am in the Harbor Baptist Church, Water St., Block Island. Interment will be private. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Block Island Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, the Block Island Medical Center, or give the gift of a book to a child. Information and condolences, please visit: www.henault-gallogly.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Edith L. Blane hosted by James J. Gallogly & Sons / Henault / Prata.

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