Edna Elizabeth Trask
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Edna Elizabeth Trask
  • June 7, 1924 - November 5, 2017
  • Westmoreland, New Hampshire

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Edna E. Trask, 93, died peacefully on Nov. 5, 2017, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland.

She was born in Easton, Maine, June 7, 1924, daughter of Doris (Stanchfield) and Bernard Thompson. In 1942 she attended Farmington State Normal School, then taught grades 1 through 8 in a one-room schoolhouse in her hometown until 1946, when she married her high school sweetheart, Harry W. Trask, after his return from World War II.

As an accomplished homemaker, Edna enjoyed using her sewing, baking, teaching and other skills to enrich the life of her family. Often the parent-in-charge when Harry was traveling abroad for business, Edna's very capable, independent and strong-willed personality carried the family. In addition to her commitments at home, Edna volunteered in scouting, public schools, and the Lyman-Dayton, Maine, chapter of Lions Club. A lifelong Red Sox fan, Edna followed them through radio and TV, and loved being at Fenway Park.

Edna showcased her many creative skills through crafting for friends, family, and for sale at local fairs. She will also be remembered for her ability to put up (and put up with) the bounty from Harry's gardens. Edna couldn't pass up a yard sale, treasured her years vacationing with Harry in their RV, "Honey," and she loved Stache, her tuxedo cat, with all her heart.

Edna is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years and two sons-in-law, Joseph Greene and Vincent Hanscom.

She is survived by four children, Alan and his wife, Charlotte, of Fort Collins, Colo., Sara Perny and her husband, Elliott, of Warrenton, Va., Debra Standley and her husband, George, of Chelmsford, Mass., and Donna Hanscom of West Swanzey. She is also remembered with love by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents at the Woodward Assisted Living Home and Maplewood Nursing Home for the wonderful, compassionate companionship and care during Edna's last years. A private service will be held later, before her eventual interment at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.

Donations may be made in Edna's memory to the Little School Restoration Project in Easton, Maine, or the Lyman-Dayton, Maine, Lions Club.