ELLSWORTH – Ada Muriel Woodman, 96, died peacefully March 24, 2012, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth. She was born Jan. 8, 1916, in Orient, the daughter of Hollis Alton Scanlin and Lee Scanlin, and stepmother Bessie Scanlin.
She remained a proud Mainer all her life. Ada’s career as a homemaker spanned her entire adult life. Ada helped to raise her sisters and later ran a boarding home for young women attending college in Bangor. Ada’s grandchildren spent many summers with her at the Woodman cottage on Bayside Road, and Ada became the center of an ever-widening circle of family and friends. Well into her 80s Ada provided loving childcare to her beloved great-nephew, Yanni. The kitchen was the heart of each of Ada’s homes throughout the years. No one who knew her ever went hungry. Ada’s generosity also extended to countless Saturdays volunteering at a local thrift shop, donating to the food bank and providing endless support to her church. She also was active in the Eastern Star organization and a steadfast member of several bridge groups, where she will be sadly missed.
In addition to her parents, Ada was predeceased by her sisters, Arlene, Lois and Marie. At long last, she also will be joining "Pappy," her beloved Fred. Surviving Ada are her sons, William and David; grandchildren, Jowill, Anne and Crystal; great-grandchildren and stepfamilies. Cherished daughters-in-law, Barbara and Cathy, and their familes, as well as the Burrill, Decker, Deering, Fisher, Scanlin and Roguski families also mourn her loss. Ada is remembered too often as "Auntie Ada," by friends who were as close as family, especially among the communities of her church and Bridge Hill Apartments, her home of the last seven years.
A service of remembrance will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Union Congregational Church, Ellsworth Falls, officiated by her dear and faithful friend, Pastor Emily Taylor. Friends and family may gather after the service at the church and are welcome noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Ada’s home on the Bayside Road at 19 Birchwood Lane, Trenton. Those who wish to celebrate Ada’s life and habit of giving may make a donation in her name to Union Congregational Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 635, Ellsworth, ME 04605; or Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 119 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605.