Longtime Hampden resident Edna Bragg dies at 106

Edna Bragg
Joni Averill | BDN
Edna Bragg
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 15, 2012, at 8:14 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — At 106, longtime Hampden resident Edna Louise Bragg had seen a lot in her lifetime — from the arrival of autos and electricity to rural Maine to the advent of computers and the Internet.

She came of age in a day when logs and bootleggers were still found on the Penobscot River. She once earned money by picking beans for a penny a pound and strawberries for 3 cents a box and during World War II, rolled bandages and sewed for the Red Cross.

Born on April 1, 1905, Bragg died peacefully Tuesday at a Bangor health care facility, according to her obituary.

Despite losing most of her eyesight and some of hearing, Bragg remained in relatively good health until earlier this month, her granddaughter, Susan Hall of Hampden, said Wednesday.

“This is pretty remarkable, but the only medicine she was taking were drops for her eyes and vitamins,” Hall said.

Bragg also remained active as recently as last month, Hall said.

“She just liked to go out and do things,” she said, including attending senior citizen club functions, lunches with the Christmas Club she helped found, singing and playing beano and going on outings to Bar Harbor and Rangeley with members of her extended family, to name a few.

Only last month, Bragg enjoyed a fireside lunch at Anglers in Hampden and invited Hall to be her guest at the anniversary party at the Phillips-Strickland House, where she had been residing for the last two years.

“We were very proud of her and we loved her,” said Hall, who grew up five houses down Coldbrook Road from her grandparents. On Wednesday, she recalled a childhood filled with Sunday drives and picnicking with family and splashing in a swimming hole in a stream near her grandparents’ home.

Bragg taught Hall and her sister, Nancy Coyne, who now lives in New Hampshire, how to knit and play cribbage.

In several birthday stories that the Bangor Daily News published about Bragg over the years, she credited being happy and not worrying for her extraordinary longevity.

Although she spent the last two years in Bangor, she continued to hold her hometown’s Boston Post Cane.

By the time she passed away on Valentine’s Day, Bragg had outlived her son, George Bragg Jr., who died in 1989, her husband of 64 years, George Bragg Sr., who died in 1991, and her daughter-in-law Constance Bragg in 1996, according to her obituary. She also outlived all 10 of her siblings.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Hampden Gilpatrick Funeral Home at 45 Western Ave., in Hampden. Memorial gifts in Bragg’s memory may be made to Phillips Strickland House, 21 Boyd St., Bangor 04401.

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