Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl

Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl, a great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, died on Monday, February 21, 2011 at her home at the age of 107. Mrs. Earl was a long-time resident of Ridgefield.

Commodore Vanderbilt was an American financier who amassed a great fortune in railroad and shipping interests and founded the Vanderbilt family in this country.  Her father, William Kissam Vanderbilt, Jr., like his father, William Kissam Vanderbilt, was President of the New York Central Railroad.  Her mother, Virginia Graham Fair, was the daughter of United States Senator James G. Fair of Nevada, a forty-niner from the time of the California gold rush and one of the “Silver Kings” who developed the Comstock Lode in Nevada.

Mrs. Earl was devoted to the welfare of animals and was a prominent breeder of skye terriers.

She was the widow of N. Clarkson Earl, Jr. who died in 1969.  Mrs. Earl’s first marriage was to the late Earl E. T. Smith, who was United States Ambassador to Cuba when Fidel Castro came to power.

Mrs. Earl is survived by her daughter from her marriage to Ambassador Smith, Virginia Consuelo Smith Burke of Palm Beach, FL, seven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.  Her daughter, Iris Smith Christ, predeceased her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield.

Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Animal Medical Center, 510 East 62nd Street, New York, New York 10021 or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, New York 10065 would be appreciated.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.

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Jowdy Kane and Kane Funeral Homes