BATH — Viola Sudds Osgood, 97, died Dec. 11, at HillHouse Assisted Living following a short illness.
Born July 24, 1914 in Boothbay, she was a daughter of Roland and Jennie Dodge Sudds. In 1922, the family moved to Auburn and she was educated in the local schools, graduating from Edward Little High School in 1931. She furthered her education, graduating from Farmington Normal School in 1933 and the University of Maine in 1961.
On Sept. 23, 1938 she married Fred Osgood, and they moved to Bath to make their home. They were soul mate and were inseparable, people rarely found one without the other. Her family was very important to her and there was nothing she would not do for them.
Osgood taught school at Littlefield’s Corner, grades 1-6, for three years and later moved to Stevens Mills School, teaching grade 5 for two years, finally settling in the Bath school system from 1946-1974, teaching first grade at South Street and Fisher Schools.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational Church and was Worthy Matron and a District Deputy Grand Matron of Genesta Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also Grand Martha of the Grand Chapter in 1976 and a Grand Representative of Iowa and Idaho.
She was a member of the Bath-Brunswick Teachers’ Association, Maine Association of Retirees, Maine Teachers’ Association, and Bath Area Senior Citizens, where she was an avid cribbage player, playing faithfully until the day she died often with Annette Jones.
Osgood loved the outdoors, going fishing, camping and boating with her husband. She and her husband traveled the country, seeing almost every state. One of their last trips was to Farmington in 2008 where she attended her 75th reunion with the University of Farmington and was honored for being their oldest living alumni.
She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; sister Doris Robinson; and brothers Carroll Sudds and Weston Sudds.
She is survived by daughter Cynthia Osgood Fullerton and her husband Joseph of Standish; three grandchildren Michael Fullerton and his wife Cheryl of Sugarloaf, James Fullerton and his wife Jenny of Topsham, and Jennie Johnson and her husband Mark of Gray; five great grandchildren, David, Rachel, and Rebecca Fullerton and Jacob and Joseph Johnson.
Memorial contributions in Osgood’s name may be made to Genesta Chapter 73, 12 Gerald St., Bath, ME 04530 or to the Bath Senior Center, 57 Floral St., Bath, ME 04530.
Visiting hours were held on Dec. 15 at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath.
The family would like to thank the staff at HillHouse for the personal and loving care they gave to Osgood.