Shirley Althea Hood

FRANKLIN and MACHIAS—Shirley Althea Hood, 58, of Franklin, formerly of Machias died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at an Ellsworth health-care facility with her loving sisters by her side.

She was born March 24, 1951, in Bangor, the daughter of the late Leroy Wilbur and Marilyn (Bunker) Wilbur Harris of Florida.


Shirley was raised in Eastbrook and began her working career as a candy striper at the Ellsworth Hospital for a few years. She later was employed at several local nursing homes and as far away as Lewiston where she was involved in the laundry services and also as a nurse’s aide for many years. Prior to her death, she was a delivery agent for the Bangor Daily News in the Machias area. Mrs. Hood enjoyed dancing and singing and was actively involved with friends singing at various reception facilities. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 0009 of Machias and also was active within Franklin making crafts and tray favors for various nursing homes in the area. Prior to the death of her husband, Carl, she was his primary caretaker at home until his death in 2005. She shared 10 years of friendship and marriage with the late Carl Hood.

In addition to her mother and stepfather, James Harris of Florida, family members include a son, Bruce D. Linscott of Auburn; a daughter, Catrena R. Young and her husband, Richard, of Ellsworth; five grandchildren, Brittany, Brianna, Madison, Haleigh and Aiden; four siblings, Jerry Wilbur and wife, Stacy, of Franklin, Deborah Freeman and husband, Richard, of Franklin, Terry Tracy and husband, Gary, of Franklin and Steven Wilbur and wife, Sherry, of Mechanic Falls; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be sadly missed by her many family and friends in Machias and Franklin. The family would like to thank the residents of Pinebrook in Franklin for their care, compassion, and friendship during Shirley’s time there.

A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the Franklin Baptist Church. Burial will be in the East Franklin Cemetery, East Franklin. A service of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth. For online condolences, please visit our Web site at





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