Elizabeth Anne Hyde, passed away peacefully at the Sippican Health Care Center in Marion Mass. on September 5th., 2015 surrounded by children, grandchildren, great grand children, and her daughter in law Camille Hyde. In her last year, Camille, along with granddaughter Emily and daughter Beth, remained a mainstay, tending to Anne’s every need until she passed. She was 92 years old, and kept her sense of humor throughout her life, bestowing it at every opportunity toward her family and friends until the end. On the last day of her life, when she no longer had the strength to speak, she winked and blew a kiss, and mouthed the words “I love you” to a visiting pastor from Camille’s church.
“Anne” as she was called by almost everyone who knew her, was born in Wheat, Tennessee to Pearl and Claude Jerome Griffitts on March 3, 1923. She met her husband, Robert T. (Doc) Hyde in Knoxville Tennessee where she attended the University of Tennessee and he worked for the US Weather Bureau. They were married and then honeymooned on Nantucket Island in 1944 where for a period of months, Bob also served as a weather observer during the war. Anne received a degree in Home Economics at the University of Tennessee. In 1946 they moved to Fort Detrick, MD., where Bob worked, and Anne continued honing her skills as a homemaker. During her time in Ohio, Anne taught 4-H, was active in the PTA, worked endlessly to improve the town’s schools.
In 1977 Anne and Bob returned to Tennessee near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, not far from her childhood home. After Bob’s death in 1997, Anne traveled back east where she lived with her children until 2015.
Anne is survived by five children, Beth Fox of Wakefield, NH, Raymond Hyde of Delaplane, VA, Robin Hyde of W. Tisbury, MA, Ken Hyde of Centreville, VA, Paul Hyde of Marion, MA, and six grandchildren: Johanna Cage of Southboro, Ma., Miriam Keen of Marshfield Ma., Whitney (Whit) Hyde of West Tisbury, Michael Dower of Boston Ma., Robert (Robbie) Hyde, and Emily Hyde of Marion, Ma. Five great grandchildren, Ian and Evelyn Cage, James and Sophie Keen, and Ren Aoki Dower. Her niece Tina Griffitts Jennings and her husband Jim live in Rockwood, TN. Her great niece, Ashley McMillan, lives in FL.
A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Anne’s life, with a spring interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choosing.