March 27, 2009
Irene Christine Wilcox Arnold, 84, of Granby, passed away at home on Friday, March 27th. She was born February 27, 1925 at the family home in Palermo, the oldest child of Wendell and Mabel (Hughes) Wilcox. Always able to find the best in anyone, Irene made everyone feel special. With a smile that lit up her face as well as any room, she lived her life with generosity and humility. Irene graduated from Fulton High School in 1942. She and her husband, Lib, owned and operated a family dairy farm for several years in Granby. She also owned and operated the Fulton Locker Plant and worked as a real estate agent for Able Realty. Irene was active in her community and served as a councilwoman on the Granby Town Board, she was a member of the Bowen’s Corners Methodist Church, and a previous member of the Cody Fire Department Auxiliary. In their retirement, Irene and Lib spent winters with their many friends at the Cove in Kissimmee, Florida. She is survived by her four children, all of the Fulton/Granby area: James (Mary) Arnold, Jack (Virginia) Arnold, Duane (Roxanne) Arnold, and Christine (Dale) Dix. One of Irene’s greatest joys in life, her treasured grandchildren also survive: Autumn, Prairie, Jimmy, Jamie, Joey, Momina, Melanie, Sarah, Billy, one great-grandchild: Zoey, along with two special grandchildren: Christopher and Sammy. In addition there are two surviving sisters: Dorothy Arnold of Florida and Nancy Hawthorne of Granby. Irene was pre-deceased in 2005 by her beloved husband of 63 years, Liberty Arnold. In addition, she was pre-deceased by two brothers, Richard Wilcox and Ted Wilcox, and one sister Margaret Wilcox Mistler. All family and friends, and neighbors are invited to attend a memorial service 1:00 PM Saturday, April 4th at the Bowen’s Corners Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the church’s community room. Irene requests that any contributions be made to Bowen’s Corner Methodist Church State Rte. 176, Fulton, NY 13069 or Oswego County Hospice PO Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S. Fulton.