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Anne Stires Blackwell, 73, Of Ridgefield, Co-Owned Small Joys

Anne Stires Blackwell
Anne Stires Blackwell Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - Anne Stires Blackwell of Ridgefield, and Nantucket, Mass., died Sunday, Aug. 10. She was 73.

Blackwell was born in Manhattan, to Jane Van Cott Stires and Hardwick Stires. She attended the Brearley School, Briarcliff College, and received her bachelor's in English from Sarah Lawrence College. In the early 1960s, she was a copywriter at Vogue magazine in New York City.

The Blackwells moved to Ridgefield in 1968. From 1977 to 1985, she was a co-owner of a specialty shop for collectors and builders of miniatures in Ridgefield called Small Joys. She was a regular volunteer at the Ridgefield Thrift Shop, where she was also a past president. She was a member of the Silver Spring Country Club and the Caudatowa Garden Club of Ridgefield.

Blackwell is survived by her sisters, Sidney Stires Stark and Sheila Stires Lloyd; children, Stephen Hardwick Blackwell of Knoxville, Tenn., Hillary Blackwell Abrams (Paul) of Bethel, and Carolyn Blackwell Hewson (John) of Philadelphia; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, James Madison Blackwell IV; and sisters Sally Gratwick and Lesley Freeman.

A celebration of Blackwell’s life will be held at noon Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Silver Spring Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Blackwell’s memory may be made to ?the Alzheimer's Association .

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