MACHIASPORT – Rachel L. (Pettegrow) Wood, 79, went to be with the Lord March 12, 2008, at Marshall Health Care Facility, after an extended illness. She was born July 12, 1928, in Machiasport, the daughter of the late Leroy and Bessie (Huntley) Pettegrow. Rachel worked beside her husband, Kenneth, on the fishing vessel, “Debbie Lee,” for more than 20 years. Rachel was a very dedicated member of Larrabee Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her church family. She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed the time she spent quilting with her neighbor, AnneMarie Davis. Rachel loved spending time with her family, especially walks on the beach with her great-grandchildren. She will fondly be remembered for her loving nature and generous spirit. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Nielsen and husband, David, of Machiasport; grandchildren, Amanda Bickford and Edward White of Westbrook, Conn., Jennifer Norton and Alan Foss of Machiasport and Kenneth Link and wife, Dawn, of Machiasport; great-grandchildren, Eliz-abeth Bickford, Harry Bickford, Ryan Norton, Haylee Link, Caroline White, Caitlyn Link, Madeline White and Alexis Foss; siblings, Loring Pettegrow, Almeda Sprague and Richard Pettegrow; many nieces and nephews; and her very special friends, Jeff and AnneMarie Davis, Sue Sousa, Jackie Pettegrow, Frances Libby, Nonie Pettegrow and Nellie Gatcomb. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth L. Wood, December 2004; siblings, Florence Post, Earl Pettegrow, Ella Conley and Gilbert Pettegrow. Visiting hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Larrabee Baptist Church, Machiasport, officiated by Pastor Bill Holmes. The committal service will be private for the family. Friends are invited to a reception at the church immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Larrabee Baptist Church Building Fund, care of Tina Berry, treasurer, P.O. Box 155, Machias, ME 04654. A memorial register is available online at