Obituaries

Elizabeth (Betty) Wood, a longtime Port Washington resident, died March 29, 2008 at Kennett Square, PA. She was 94.

Betty Wood came to Port Washington in 1936 to serve as children's librarian at the Port Washington Public Library. It was an article about her in the Port Washington News that drew the attention of her future husband, Moyer Wood, a partner in the local design firm of Albert Wood and Five Sons. Together, Moyer and Betty built a small brick house for themselves on Leeds Drive, a home later expanded to accommodate their four children.

Born in 1913 in Wilmington, DE, Betty Wood grew up in Cornwall, NY, the second of three daughters of Arthur Cox Smedley and Golda Brown Smedley. She attended George School and later earned a bachelor's degree at Swarthmore College, graduating cum laude with honors in medieval history. She then took a masters degree at the Columbia Library School, specializing in children's literature and storytelling.

For more than 50 years at the Port Washington Public Library, Betty Wood was an enthusiastic promoter of children's literature. Her story hours at the library were always heavily attended, and she enjoyed introducing new books to young visitors and their parents. Her duties extended well beyond the library walls as she distributed books at St. Francis Hospital and told stories to the bedridden. She took a leadership role among Nassau County librarians in reviewing new books and other resources.

Within the Port Washington community Betty Wood was active in the League of Women Voters, the American Field Service, scouting and parent-teacher groups. She was a valued member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Manhasset. An accomplished violinist, she performed for many years with the Port Washington Community Orchestra.

Betty Wood is survived by Moyer Wood, her husband of 69 years, and her four children: Anne Kendall (Sleepy Hollow, NY), Timothy Wood (Dayton, OH), David Wood (Kensington, MD) and Douglas Wood (Port Washington); also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren.

Lois Helene Anderson, of Port Washington, died on April 13, 2008. She is survived by her sons, Mark (Maryanne) and Jeffrey (fiancé Meredith Genevese) and her grandchildren, Mary Ann and Patrick. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service will be held on May 10 at 4 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington.
Patrick J. Indence

Patrick J. Indence, a lifelong resident of Long Island, died at the age of 81 on April 27, 2008 at his home in Port Washington, following a courageous battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully with members of his family at his bedside. Mr. Indence is survived by his wife, Tommie, and two sons from a prior marriage, Jeff Indence of Huntington and John Indence of Manhattan. His daughter, Patricia Allen, and son James, both predeceased him. He also leaves behind two stepchildren, Leah Busbee and Donna Sellars, and four stepgrandchildren, Matthew, Jennifer, Christina and Austin.

Born July 2, 1926, in Port Washington, Mr. Indence attended local public schools. His mother and father, James and Stella Indence, were first-generation Italians and he was raised on their family farm. His parents owned and managed a restaurant in Port Washington. His grandfather and several uncles were Port Washington sand miners who toiled long, hard hours to extract building material which was shipped to Manhattan and used to construct many of the impressive skyscrapers that stand today.

In the sixth grade, Pat Indence began studying the clarinet and played for many years in the Port Washington high school concert band. Displaying a rare talent, at 14 years old he became the New York State Solo Clarinet Champion. He also demonstrated his unique athletic and academic abilities at an early age, playing varsity basketball for three years, varsity baseball for two years, and becoming a member of the National Honor Society. Also, as a teenager, Pat served as a lifeguard at the Manorhaven Beach in Port Washington.

After graduating from Port Washington High School, Mr. Indence joined the Navy toward the end of World War II and, in 1948, graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. There, he was a member of the Sovereign Club, the SAE Fraternity and, capitalizing on his extraordinary musical talents, managed his own dance band for several years.

He then returned to Long Island and began a highly successful professional career in the arts supply business. A true salesman's salesman, he was acknowledged as having single-handedly changed the United States brush industry. His honesty, integrity and legendary people skills won him great admiration. Over his long career, he worked as a sales manager for Mystik Tape, Magic Markers, Delta Brush and Binney and Smith. He also served six years on the board of directors for NAMTA, the National Art Materials Association, and was head of the Toxicity and Labeling program for art materials, working with several congressional committees in Washington, D.C. Later, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from NAMTA. Continuing to be employed in the industry until just before he died, he was director of National Accounts for the FM Brush Company, and sales consultant for Sargent Art.

While living on Long Island for over eight decades, Pat Indence experienced and observed many changes in the area. A master storyteller, he took great pleasure in sharing information of years gone by, reciting little-known tales of older neighborhoods, people, places and things. His hobbies and outside interests were wide and varied. Being a gifted athlete, he played competitive tennis and, in his later years, transferred his uncommon hand-eye coordination to ping-pong, routinely winning games against much younger contenders.

In his late seventies, at the encouragement of his wife, Tommie, he again picked up his clarinet and performed highly intricate and difficult works by Bach, Mozart and Schubert at many church functions and wedding services in New York and Georgia, to the extraordinary delight and critical acclaim of his family and wide circle of friends.

Prior to becoming ill, he and his wife divided their time between their homes in New York and Thomasville, Georgia. Mr. Indence leaves an extraordinary legacy of humor, love, creativity, encouragement and strong faith to his extended family, friends, business associates and acquaintances.

His remains were cremated with arrangements by Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A memorial service will be held on May 17 at 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 12 Franklin Ave., Port Washington.

A memorial fund has been established and donations may be made to the Patrick J. Indence Memorial Fund, care of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior.


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