Teresa Ruth Archambault Wood, 87, of Williams Street, Whitehall, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at the Glens Falls Hospital. Teresa is known as “Bam” by the younger generation.
Born on January 7, 1921 in Whitehall, she was the daughter of the late Edward "Deacon" and Josephine (Doin) Jones.
She attended Whitehall High School and left at the age of 16 to help support the family. She worked at the "Silk Mill" as a young adult. For many years, she was a seamstress at the G & C Manufacturing Company, worked at General Electric and Finch & Pryne. She obtained her GED and at age 52, entered and graduated from Mary McCellan School of Practical Nursing. She worked at West Mountain Nursing Home, Glens Falls Hospital and various nursing homes. She loved working at the Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital until moving to Florida where she also worked at various nursing homes.
In her early years, she was active in her three daughters activities. She was a girl scout leader for many years, PTA president and spent many hours sewing dance costumes for the dance recitals. She was known for her seamstress ability.
She loved to cook and bake and was noted for her baked beans and rice pudding which she enjoyed sharing with others. She enjoyed any type of sports and watched with pride her grandchildren and great grandchildren play their school sports.
Mostly she had pride, joy and love for her family. She was a true Whitehaller, always considered with pride that Whitehall was her home, even when she lived in Florida.
She was Washington County Democratic Chairwoman, a member of he Columbiettes, Catholic Daughters and Whitehall Senior Citizens, where she established and lead the cardiac exercise program, "Heart Beats", Glens Falls Hospital Guild, Skene Manor Volunteer, Ladies of the Elk, American Legion Auxilary Post #83, established the LeChapeau Rouge Red Hats and proudly was the Queen Mother, wearing her red crown with pride. She is also a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church.
Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her late husband, Leo Archambault, infant daughter, Teresa Joan Lowell, sisters, Beatrice Scott and Virginia Seabury, brother, Robert Jones, sister-in-law, Ceil Jones and brother-in-law, Bernard Archambault.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn Wood, of Whitehall; three daughters, Jean Vladyka and her husband, Stephen of Whitehall, Joan LaCroix and her husband Charles W of Whitehall and Leona Pippo and her husband, Vincent of Queensbury; grandchildren, Teresa Jero and her husband, John of Fort Ann, Charles LaCroix and his companion, Vicki Smith of Whitehall, Sharon Shoemaker and her husband, Thomas of Southborough, Mass, and Michael LaCroix and his wife, Kim of Queensbury; great grandchildren, Christopher LaCroix, Logan Watson, Jordon LaCroix, Taylor Jero, Diana Jero, Thomas Shoemaker, Margaret Shoemaker, Joseph Shoemaker, Mason LaCroix and Matthew LaCroix; sister, Mary Lyons of Fort Edward, brother, Edward Jones of South River, NJ, sisters-in-law Harriett Jones of Hudson Falls, and Doris Archambault of Whitehall; brother-in-law, John Seabury of Fort Ann, several nieces and nephews and Charles Gordon "Her Skipper" and his wife, Barbara of Hudson Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall with Rev. Michael Flannery, Pastor, officiating.
Family and friends were invited to call at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams Street, Whitehall on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Whitehall.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in Teresa’s name to the Skene Manor Preservation, Inc., 8 Potter Terrace, Whitehall, NY 12887 or the Whitehall Food Pantry, c/o Whitehall United Methodist Church, 56 Greenmount Cemetery Lane, Whitehall, NY 12887.
The family would like to thank the Glens Falls Hospital Critical Care Unit, their staff and doctors.
Following the interment, family and friends are invited for a time of refreshments, fellowship and a celebration of her life will be held at the Skene Manor, 8 Potter Terrace, Whitehall, N.Y.