• Barbara S. Hood
    January 17,2013
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    Barbara S. Hood
    Barbara S. Hood

    Barbara (Seward) Wall Hood, who was a lifelong resident of Rutland, died early Tuesday morning, January 15, 2013, at the Equinox Terrace in Manchester, Vt.

    Fondly referred to as Gray by her grandchildren, she was the only child of Francis and Joena Seward. Born June 29, 1923, she was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Robert Clifford Wall; her second husband, E. Paul Hood; and her daughter, Sally (Wall) Shortsleeve.

    In 1941, she graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy and went on to finish her associate degree at LaSalle Junior College in Wellesley, Mass. Barb treasured her circle of best friends. She played piano, had a creative passion for gardening, flea markets, antiques and found great joy in keeping her dogs close to her.

    Her surviving children from Rutland are Becky Pell and her husband Jim, Claire Austin and her husband Kevin, and from South Burlington, Vt., Kathy Wall.

    Barb’s surviving grandchildren, whom she thought the world of, are Adrienne Baker of Charlotte, Vt., Amy Pell Pierce of Edgewater, Md., Bryan Pell and his wife Coni of Hubbardton, Vt., Michael Pell of Rutland, Vt., Jesse Savage and his wife Carrie of Rutland, David Savage and his wife Lindsey of Rutland, Jennifer Austin of Rutland, Jacqueline Fucci of South Burlington, Vt., Marc Fucci of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and 13 great-grandchildren.

    Barbara passed away peacefully and comfortably in her sleep, following an extended period of declining health.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 18, 2013, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

    Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Open Door Mission in Rutland, Vt.; or Rutland County Humane Society in Pittsford, Vt.; or to a charity of one’s choice.
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