STURBRIDGE -- Private services were held Saturday, October 3 for Priscilla (Cranston) Ide, 94, who died Sunday, September 13. She was a 43-year resident of Westborough MA before moving to Sturbridge MA in 2012. She was predeceased by Gustavus R. Ide, Jr., her husband of 63 years.
Born in Cranston, RI, she was the daughter of John A. and Jane (Martin) Cranston. She was educated in the public schools of Cranston, and was a graduate of Wheelock College and Columbia University.
During World War II, she served in the American Red Cross and was assigned to Halloran Army Hospital on Staten Island NY where she worked as a liaison between wounded soldiers returning from the war in Europe and their home area Red Cross organizations.
Following the war, she worked at the Emma Pendleton Bradley Home for Children in East Providence RI. In later years she taught second grade in the Danielson CT schools, and in the 1970s served as Director of Alumni Affairs for Wheelock College in Boston MA.
She was also a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
The Ides were 62-year members of Old Sturbridge Village. They pursued an avid interest in locating and documenting 18th and early 19th century New England inns and taverns. The record they created, together with the photographs the Ides took during their research, was donated to Old Sturbridge Village.
She is survived by two sons, Gustavus Reed Ide, III of Sturbridge MA; and Mark Cranston Ide; a daughter in law Cynthia (Wyman) Ide of North Grafton MA; two grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth Ide and Mark Cranston Ide Jr., and his wife Rebecca (Gaddis) Ide, all of North Grafton MA; and several nieces, nephews and grand nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Old Sturbridge Village. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA 01566.