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Elsie Hunter Wood, 92, passed away quietly on Feb. 21, 2001, after complications from a fall. She had been a resident of Kendal-Crosslands Communities, a Quaker sponsored retirement community in Kennett Square, PA, for the past 12 years.

Elaine Hunter Wood was born Gladys Eileen Symmons on May 28, 1908 in Swansea, Wales, and was the last surviving of 10 children. Elsie, as she was known throughout her long life, immigrated to the US to enter a nurse's training program after WWI. She became a naturalized citizen after meeting and marrying Paul Edward Hunter, a textile executive active in various credit industry associations. They raised a family of four children in Port Washington.

Ed Hunter died suddenly of a heart attack in 1953. After raising and educating her children, Elsie moved to be near her sister, Edith Jonker, in East Hampton. There she met and married a local architect, Richard C. Wood. He built a house for them behind the Maidstone Arms. Homes designed by Mr. Wood were especially known for their placement and views. He retired in 1988 and they moved to Kendal-Crosslands where Mr. Wood died a year later.

Mrs. Wood was cremated and her remains will be put to rest at the family plot in Port Washington at the Nassau Knolls Cemetery. A memorial service is planned at the Manhasset Congregational Church some time in April. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests tax deductible contributions be made to the Crosslands Reserve Fund which assists elderly residents in financial need. Mrs. Wood is survived by her four Hunter children, Sally of NYC, John, a croquet enthusiast of Westport, CT, Peter, a real estate broker of Orleans, Cape Cod, and Paul, who is retired and lives in New Hampshire. She had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and is also survived by three stepchildren, Peter Wood, Patricia Asch and Skyt Wood.

Arrangements were made by the Kuzo & Gofus Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

Margaret Sykes Dibbs, of Palm Coast, FL, and Port Washington, formerly of Lake Success, died on Feb. 21, 2001. Wife of George. Mother of Skip Sykes, Cathy Manzella and Gail Barral and adopted son, Bill Brown. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of three. Arrangements were made by the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, Manhasset. Funeral service at the Community Reformed Church. Contributions, in Margaret Dibbs' memory, can be made to the LI MS Society. Mary Irene Burns, of Sands Point, died on Feb. 24, 2001. Wife of the late John A. Mother of William Renne Marion, Peg Mazen and the late John A. Burns Jr. Grandmother of 10. Great-grandmother of 13. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church. Interment Mount St. Mary's Cemetery. Contributions can be made, in Mary Burns' name, to Catholic Charities.

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