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Virginia Appleby, 89, Of New Canaan

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Virginia J. Appleby, a New Canaan resident, died Oct. 13. She was 89.

Appleby was born July 15, 1923, in Tulsa, Okla., to Roy Edward and Eddie Dove Stephens Jackson. She attended the University of Tulsa for two years and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

She continued her education at the University of Arizona, where she majored in art. She met her husband, James Scott Appleby, while at school, and they were married in 1944. They lived in Washington, D.C., where she served on the boards of the Children's Hospital, St. John's Orphanage, House of Mercy and the National Symphony.

In 1957, she moved to New Canaan and then married Laurence Dominick Cerretani. She served on the women's board of the Congregational Church of New Canaan as well as president of Kappa Delta Sorority Alumnae of Fairfield County.

She is survived by four children, Scott B. Appleby III, of Banner Elk, N.C., Virginia Appleby Ruse, of Purcellville, Va., Lauren F. Cerretani, of New Canaan, and Anthony F. Cerretani, of Mount Kisco, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Joann Cerretani; a son-in-law, James Rust; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Laurence.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark's Church in New Canaan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Red Cross, c/o Joann Elie, 83 Court St., Keene, NH 03431, or to St. Mark's Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. 

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