PROSPECT HARBOR – Frances Bailey Wood passed away at her home in Prospect Harbor on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, with her children by her side. She was born Nov. 24, 1917, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Chelsea Bailey of Cherryfield and Ruth Wood Bailey of West Gouldsboro. Frances was a direct descendant of the Ebenezer Wood family that settled in West Gouldsboro in 1829; she was the namesake of her aunt, Frances Andrews Wood of West Gouldsboro. Frances raised her family in Alexandria, Virginia until April 1958 when she married her second husband, Henry G. Wood of Gouldsboro and the family moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. During those years Frances worked at the French Shoppe in Charlotte Amalie; owned and managed The Maison de France in Washington, D.C.; worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia in St. Thomas; and managed the Professional Building on the Waterfront that she and Henry built. Her roots were in Maine and she made sure her family loved Maine as she did. Frances returned “home” for vacation to West Gouldsboro or Chicken Mill all her life. After Hurricane Hugo blew her house away in 1989, she returned to her beloved Maine and settled in Prospect Harbor – “equidistant” she liked to say, between West Gouldsboro and Chicken Mill. In 1994 Frances donated the Fletcher T. Wood Salt Marsh Natural Area to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so the people of Gouldsboro would always have it to enjoy. Until recently, Frances was an active board member of the Gouldsboro Historical Society; a volunteer at the West Gouldsboro Library; an active member at the Downeast Family Y.M.C.A in Ellsworth and was an avid bridge player. Frances is survived by her three children and their families, Chelsea Bailey Richardson of Charlotte, N.C., Lucy Stenger Shapiro of Newton, N.J., and Rocky Stenger of Chicken Mill; her sisters, Janet Gilka of Arlington, Va. and Anne Lotz of Birmingham, Mich.; the “daughters of her heart” Kit Cornell and Vicki Boehm. Frances delighted and “burst her buttons with pride” in the wonder of her eight grandchildren and their families. Frances was a strong and forthright woman, with firm convictions and loyalties. She loved her life, her family, and her friends and she lived life with energy, directness, and honesty. A celebration of her life will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Bragdon-Kelley-Camp-bell Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth. Gifts in memory of Frances may be sent to the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic, 37 Clinic Road, West Gouldsboro, ME 04607. Friends and family, please look forward to further celebrating Frances’ life with a memorial service in West Gouldsboro next summer.