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Edith Gladys Wynne (1876-1968)
She was the fourth daughter Archdeacon George Wynne
and his wife Nell, nee Smith.
She spent much of her life in Co Wicklow,
which was a favorite subject for her watercolors. She made her living by her paintings and never seemed to
tire of painting the lovely valley of Glendalough.
Gladys died in April
1968. The Rector's wife wrote of her funeral: "On the day that Stanley
buried Gladys Wynne from Glendalough, a gale tore across the land and hurtled round Derralossary
Church. Stanley and she had often gone painting together and once, in
Valley, as they made
their way down to the river they had to climb a barbed-wire fence. Gladys' long tweed skirt was caught
on the barbs and, legs and grey woollen stockings torn, she had to be
After that her friends
told the eighty-five-year old not to join Stanley on his painting expeditions
again. On that wild winter's day
of her funeral, with the stunted trees in Derralossary graveyard bending to the ground by the force of
the gale, at the very moment of committal, the wind whipped the stole from
round Stanley's neck and flung
it into the open grave. Was Gladys saying a last, mischievous farewell to him?"
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