Edith Bruce Hazard
Norwich, Vt. — Edith Bruce Hazard died on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in joyful anticipation, surrounded by loved ones. Born on July 3, 1922, in Louisville, Ky., the first of three daughters to Dr. James White Bruce and Edith Dumesnil Campbell, Edie graduated from Louisville Collegiate School and received an associate’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied music composition and piano.
Edie returned to Louisville in 1942 to join the war effort, working at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company, and it was then she met and married Lt. Charles Ware Blake Hazard, of Narragansett, R.I., who was stationed at Fort Knox. In 1955, the couple with their three children moved from Louisville (keeping her accent) to Norwich, where they started a dairy farm.
After years of farming, working and going to school in Vermont, the couple moved to Maine, living first in Augusta, then in Hallowell, and finally in Brunswick. Over the span of her life, Edie wore many hats. She was a member of the Colonial Dames and the Community of the Transfiguration; a nursery school teacher and Girl Scout leader; a church choir director and head of altar guild, (St. Barnabas Church, Norwich); a librarian at Dartmouth College, University of Vermont and Colby College; a HOSPICE volunteer in Hallowell, Maine and she was an avid member the Theater Project in Brunswick, Maine. Edie wrote, she read, she played the piano, she had a great golf game and the good fortune to spend over 30 summers with her family in Leland, Mich.
Edie was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her children: Charles Bruce Hazard and his wife, Wendy, of Belgrade, Maine; Edith Hazard Birney and her husband, Gil, of Georgetown, Maine; Rowland Gibson Hazard and his wife Linda, of Norwich; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children; her sisters, Louise Bruce Townsend of Kennet Sq., Pa., and Mary B. Cobb Fabe of Louisville, Ky.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to The Theater Project, 14 School Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011.