Irene W. Rutledge, 82, veterinary assistant, choir singer

July 14, 2006

Irene Wiley Rutledge, a homemaker active in the schooling of her eight children, died of heart failure Tuesday at her Sparks home. She was 82.

Born Irene Odgers in Avoca, Pa., she worked as a secretary for the FBI in Philadelphia, where she volunteered for the USO during World War II.

In 1945, she married Dr. Dale Andrew Wiley, a veterinarian who founded the Jarrettsville Veterinary Center. She became its part-time receptionist, bookkeeper and surgical assistant. After his 1960 death, she wed Dr. James Bevard Rutledge Jr., who had purchased the practice. He died in 2001.

A member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, she was a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir and leader of the children's choir. She had also been a Cub Scout den mother.

Family members said she strongly supported education and was an active PTA member and officer at all of the schools in Harford and Baltimore counties her children attended. She also worked as a substitute teacher.

A singer and piano player, she wrote and produced The Show, a 1977 and 1978 musical comedy that raised funds for North Harford Middle School.

She enjoyed spending time in Ocean City and in Florida and visiting with her children. She also decorated and pierced custom lampshades and ran an antiques business in the Harford County community of White Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 4135 Norrisville Road, White Hall.

Survivors include five sons, Michael J. Rutledge of Ocean City, James B. Rutledge III of White Hall, Dale A. Wiley II of Baltimore, Joseph N. Wiley of Bad Axe, Mich., and William R. Wiley of Abingdon; three daughters, Linda L. Wiley of Grasonville, Helena I. Edie of Jupiter, Fla., and Abbie S. Yant of San Francisco; a sister, Helena Oliver of Avoca; and nine grandchildren.

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