CANASTOTA >> Allee Hamilton Wood, 99, of Canastota, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at her home, following a brief illness.
She was born on June 9, 1914, in Wenonah, N.J., the daughter of Major William West Hamilton, U.S. Army, and Allee Drummond Hamilton.
Allee lived in seven states during her youth, settling in Massachusetts, where she lived in Brookline and Wellesley, Mass. graduating from Wellesley High School in 1932. She also graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1936, with a BA and a Professional Degree in Speech. Upon graduation, Allee remained at Emerson and became the assistant to the department heads of the English and Drama Department.
She married Sherry K. Wood of Canastota on June 29, 1940 in Wellesley, Mass., and made Canastota her home. Sherry died on Nov. 12, 1959.
Allee was a substitute teacher at the Canastota High School for many years, retiring in the early '70s. She made an impression on many of her students, and enjoyed conversations with them in later years.
She was a member and one of the first board members of the Canastota Canal Town Museum Association, and served on that board for 33 years; the Lenox Memorial Hospital Board from 1966 until its' closing; the local Girl Scouts Board; Madison Comprehensive Health Board; Madison County Mental Health Board for 17 years; Chairman of the local UNICEF Drive for 10 years; volunteered at Liberty Resources in Canastota for many years, from its' inception until 1988; and was an active member of the Canastota PTA.
She received the Roses for the Living Award from the Canastota Rotary Club in 1975, for her contributions to the village.
Allee was also a member of the former Presbyterian Church in Canastota and later the United Church of Canastota, where she taught Sunday School, and had been a Deacon and Elder.
She loved spending summers on Oneida Lake at Kinloch Point, where she enjoyed the views, sunsets, and many casual chats with her friends from Canastota and the Lake.
Allee enjoyed art, especially Monet and the Impressionists, the works of Shakespeare and poetry, and traveling here and abroad, especially her trips to Hawaii.
Surviving are: two sons and a daughter-in-law, Douglas and Christine Wood of Sylvan Beach, and Stephen H. Wood of Utica; a sister, Dorothy Humphrey of New Bern, N.C.; two grandchildren, Lori Wood of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brian and Nicole Wood of San Diego, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Lyla Wood, Gianna Wood, and Kennady Wood; and nieces and nephews, David Humphrey, Allee Humphrey, Nancy McAndrew, and William Humphrey. Allee was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Arthur Humphrey.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., Canastota. The Rev. Charles F. Vollmer, pastor of the United Church of Canastota, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Canastota. Calling hours will be held on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 201 James St., Canastota. In her memory, contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413, or to the United Church of Canastota, 144 Center Street, Canastota, NY 13032, with envelopes available at the funeral home.
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Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Jan. 2, 2014