GOSHEN — Elaine Wood passed on May 9, 2019 at Pine Rock Manor in Warner.

Daughter of Earl and Margaret (MacConnell) Ford, born in Newport on April 11, 1932.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Frederic O. Wood Jr. on May 15, 2011. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Earl Ford, Arthur Ford, Robert Ford, and Lester Ford, her sisters, Lillian Bailey and Eleanor Glidden, and several nieces and nephews. Also her very close sister-in-law, Ann Brown.

She leaves her son, Frederic Wood and wife Stacy of Goshen; granddaughter, Wendy and husband Jesse, and their two sons, Lucien and Marshall from Unity; daughter, Deborah Hall and husband Robert from Pickens, South Carolina and son, Trevor; granddaughter, Bonnie Beaudry and her children, Emily, Dylan, Aubrey, and Aiden from Bennington, Vermont; granddaughter, Abbey Mercado and husband Alex and their children, Illiana and Manny from Clinton, Massachusetts; granddaughter Heidi Dickinson and her husband Zack and their children, Jody and Haley; and great-great-grandson, Lorenzo; daughter, Sherri Moen and husband Chris from Goshen; brother-in-law, Fred Brown from Croydon; brother-in-law, Robert Aiken and wife Lois from Croydon; and many nieces and nephews.

Born Doris E. Ford, she never went by her first name, nor should you use it when talking to her. She completed the eighth grade and started working at the shoe factories in Newport, where she met the love of her life, Fred. They built a wonderful life together, buying their first home on Brook Road in Goshen where they raised their three children.

Elaine had a great love for flowers where in the 1970s Fred built her a greenhouse where for many years she operated and sold her blooms along with vegetable plants and dried flowers out of their backyard.

In the ‘80s, she opened a business in the center of the town of Goshen, selling wallpaper and eventually adding video rentals.

One thing that not many people knew about Elaine was her sense of humor and feistiness. Like the day Fred had his new Kubota tractor delivered and he left for an errand. Elaine figured out how to run it and drove it out into the woods on a trail and hid it on him.

In their retirement years, you could always see them taking the Model A and T cars out for rides that Fred would restore as a labor of love. Of course during that time you could hear Elaine yelling at him for bringing the old grease in the house on the bottom of his shoes and tracking it throughout the house. They could be seen at the concerts on the common and going for ice cream runs during the summer at Brick Farm in Unity.

Elaine struggled with memory loss for 17 years plus. She fought it with courage and bravery until the very end. A very special thank you goes to Horseshoe Pines for four years of care and compassion and to the staff at Pine Rock Manor who affectionately referred to her as Grammy over the last four years and where she was able to pass with dignity. Lastly, Compassionate Care and their staff for their dedicated care, compassion, and support.

Elaine did not wish for any services. A celebration of life will take place at Chris and Sherri’s at 61 Brook Road, Goshen on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Goshen Fire Service Assoc. P.O. Box 304, Goshen, NH 03752.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.
Allow up to 24 hours for comment approval.