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Madeline Wood


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Madeline Wood Obituary
Madeline A. Wood 92

Grafton, Mass - Madeline A. Wood, formerly of 68 Keith Hill Rd, Grafton Massachusetts passed away on July 12, 2018 with family at her side. In April, Madeline moved to the Residence at Silver Square in Dover, New Hampshire to be closer to her family. She was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on May 8th, 1926; the oldest of four daughters of Nabiha and Louis Attar. She is survived by her son, Ken, daughter-in-law Judy and granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth; all of Eliot, Maine and many nephews and nieces. She was pre-deceased by her husband, George in 2014 and her sisters; Sally; Jacqueline and Loraine.

Madeline moved to Grafton in 1957 and started her career as a reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. She also worked alongside George at Floorcrafters, Inc. for several years before becoming the Administrator Assistant for Assumption College. She finished her professional career as the Administrator of the Grafton School Department and also served as the President of the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials (MASBO). Madeline was also a docent at the Worcester Art Museum and involved with the New England Ecotarium. She was deeply involved with St. George Orthodox Cathedral, its choir, Women's Club and also as a Sunday School Teacher.

George and Madeline travelled extensively throughout most European countries, North Africa, China, and the Middle East. Madeline would often say "We're just going to take one more trip", often travelling with the same couple. Madeline and George also enjoyed annual trips to El Jobean, Florida, Bar Harbor and Diamond Cove, Great Diamond Island, Maine where they made several friends.

Madeline authored a Middle Eastern Cookbook and instructed Judy in the preparation of many Lebanese dishes to carry on the family tradition, often explaining what "to taste" or "a dash" actually meant. She cherished Sarah since her birth and was her greatest confidant, protector and advocate; teaching her the same independence at an early age that she instilled on Ken. Sarah was always the greatest joy in Madeline's life.

The family also wishes to thank Dr. Richard Palken, UMass Memorial Medical Center, for providing excellent care; Madeline was one of his first patients over 29 years ago. We are also grateful for the caring and supportive staff at the Residence at Silver Square; she truly enjoyed spending her final months at this wonderful community. Our deep appreciation also to Wentworth Healthcare and Hospice for their assistance and guidance.

A Memorial Service will be held for the family and close friends later in the summer; arrangements will be made by Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from July 13 to July 20, 2018
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