BAILEYVILLE – Edna Fern Hood, 100, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Hancock. Edna was born June 13, 1912, in Alexander, daughter of the late Fay and Bertha (Cheney) McArthur.
After graduating from Woodland High School, class of 1930, she taught school while attending Normal School during the summers. Edna taught in many of the local rural schools, including Hale School, South Princeton, Four Corners, East Ridge, Codyville and Dixie. On June 25, 1950, she married John Hood in Calais. She retired in 1951 to raise her two daughters, Denise and Winona. During her retirement, Edna stayed active as a seamstress in Baileyville, making wedding and prom gowns, suits, alterations, etc., until the early 1990s. Edna was a member of People’s United Methodist Church, Baileyville, and Maine Teachers Association. She was one of the last remaining teachers in Maine to be awarded a Life Time Teaching Certificate.
In addition to her parents, Edna was predeceased by her loving husband, John; daughter, Winona Hood; stepdaughter, Geraldine Barter; stepson, Richard Hood; son-in-law, Gregory Annis; three brothers, Ben, Lawrence and Carroll McArthur; and two sisters, Florence Shain and Eva Sadler. Surviving are her daughter, Denise Annis and companion, Royce Gordon Sr., of Baileyville; stepchildren, Lawrence Hood of Baileyville and John Hood of Ellsworth; stepdaughter-in-law, Marion Hunnewell of Baileyville; brother, John McArthur of Baileyville; two grandchildren, Tracy Annis-Cohen and husband, Jeffrey, of Las Vegas, and Becky Boudrow and husband, James, of Corinth, Vt.; 23 stepgrandchildren, 20 great-stepgrandchildren and numerous great-great-stepgrandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a celebration of Edna’s life will be held 1 p.m. Monday with one of her former students, Rolfe Flood officiating. Burial will be after at Woodland Cemetery, Baileyville. Condolences and memories may be shared at