Virginia's Story

BANGOR - My mum, Virginia L. Wood died November 8th, 2015. She was born October 9th, 1924 and adopted by my wonderful grandparents, Benjamin and Bessie Huckabone.

Mum had a long and distinguished nursing career, working in Pennsylvania and Bangor and Brewer. As a child, I loved to look up at her in her nurse's uniform and cap. I thought she was beautiful, and I was very proud of her. She took care of three children, our home and my dad. It wasn't until I was an adult that I appreciated how much work that must have been.

My dad, Clair Wood, died in 2005, and my brother, Scott Wood, died in 2006. These were difficult losses for her. She has been released from her aging body and mind, and she is with them, now.

Mum is survived by one sibling, her baby brother, Jack Huckabone...Unca Jack. She is survived by my sister and her husband, Rene' and Joe McCoy, and by her beloved daughter-in-law, Laureen Wood King. She is also survived by me, her daughter Becky Hall, although our roles have been reversed for many years and by my ex-husband, Dick Hall, her great friend and advisor whom she loved as a son. She remembered Dick even when she had forgotten many other people and things.

Her six grandchildren were the loves of her life. She was an important part of their lives. Every Christmas season, my parents traveled from Maine to Pennsylvania, sometimes in snowstorms, to spend the holidays with their grandchildren. They were at the hospital to usher in every new life, they attended every performance that involved a grandchild, even if the child was just a tree, they were at all graduations from kindergarten to graduate degrees, and their pictures were front and center at every wedding. Mum was always making something for her grandchildren, sweaters, quilts, afghans, blankets, doll clothing and lamps. She knew the most desirable kids' gifts. She was nearly trampled during a Black Friday sale trying to buy a Cabbage Patch doll for a granddaughter.

Mum is survived by three granddaughters, Danni Nola and her husband, Doug, Donna Pruzenski and her husband, Brian, and Kristianna Hall and significant other, Kevin Hofseas. She is also survived by three grandsons, Dave Wood and his wife, Jackie. Scott Wood Jr. and his wife, Rhonda, and Scott Larson.

She lived long enough to know her seven delightful, bright great-grandchildren, Phil, Cody, Josh, Marlee, Alex, Olivia, and Benny. They were all very dear to her.

I would like to thank the following people. Erin Grant was Mum's companion and care-taker. Thank you, Erin, for your compassion, sense of humor, and patience. The nurses and CNA's at Westgate Manor were kind and caring to Mum and to me. They made her last few days a little easier for me. Thank you so much. The weekend ladies at Nicky's were so kind to her. She looked forward to breakfast at Nicky's every weekend. Thank you all. Ann, Matt and Alex Townsend were her dear friends. I appreciate everything you did for her and for me.

Good bye for now, Mum. I love you.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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