Irene M. Metell, 86, Was Former Farm Proprietor

Irene M. Metell of Edgartown died Friday, June 20, at Windemere Nursing Facility in Oak Bluffs. She was 86. She was predeceased on Feb. 17 by her husband, Arthur A. Metell, with whom she had shared 67 years of marriage. Irene was born in New Bedford on Oct. 17, 1916, a daughter of the late Daniel and Henrietta (Amaral) Ferreira. She moved to Martha's Vineyard as a young girl.

She and her husband were proprietors of Metell Vegetable Farm in Edgartown for many years. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth's Church in Edgartown and president of the St. Elizabeth's Women's Guild in 1962 and 1963. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting.

She is survived by her four children, Elaine Dias of Nantucket, Patricia Litchfield of Edgartown, Arthur Metell of Vineyard Haven and Kenneth Metell of Edgartown; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a sister in law, Mrs. James D. Ferreira of Oak Bluffs, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs on Monday, June 23, at 1 p.m. Interment followed in the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown. Donations may be made in Irene's memory to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.