HAMPDEN – Edna Louise Bragg, 106, passed away peacefully Feb. 14, 2012, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born April 1, 1905, in Hampden, daughter of Andrew and Annie (Tyler) Ellis.
Edna was lovingly called "Nana" by family and many friends. We loved Nana and feel so blessed to have had her for so long. She lived in Hampden most of her life. Much of that time she lived on the Coldbrook Road where early on a car was a rare sight and electricity had yet to come. She made many lifelong friends there while she and her husband were bringing up their son, George Jr. She and George Sr. moved to the Billings Road, Hermon, from 1971 to 1991. After the passing of her husband, George W. Bragg Sr., she returned to Hampden at Roe Village where she lived for 17 years. Many at Roe Village became like family to her. At the time of her passing she had been a resident of Phillips-Strickland House, Bangor, for two years. She enjoyed living there and was looking forward to getting back home. She was one of the founding members of Coldbrook Road Christmas Club which still meets today, more than 75 years later. She also enjoyed being a member of Hampden Senior Citizens. Edna always had a beautiful smile and positive attitude. She was asked on her 105th birthday what the secret to her longevity was, she said, "being happy" and "don’t worry."
Edna is survived by two granddaughters, Susan Hall and her husband, William, of Hampden, and Nancy Coyne and her husband, William II "Chip," of Londonderry, N.H.; five great-grandchildren, Michael Hall and Karla, Timothy Hall and wife, Lisa, William Coyne III and wife, Kristen, Patrick Coyne and wife, Cynthia, and Katie Chapman and husband Devin; and seven great-great-grandchildren, Anthony and Garrett Hall, Ciera Coyne, Ryan and Aiden Coyne, and Liam and Shea Chapman. She was predeceased by her son, George W. Bragg Jr., in 1989; her husband of 64 years, George W. Bragg Sr., in 1991; and her daughter-in-law, Constance "Connie" (Cormier) Bragg, in 1996.
Family and friends may visit 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Interment in the springtime will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Hampden. Memorial gifts in Edna’s memory may be made to Phillips-Strickland House, 21 Boyd St., Bangor, ME 04401. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through