Edith Annette's Story
Edith Annette Biggar, 57, died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Bedford VA Hospice Unit, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in Billings, Mont., on February 26, 1959, the adopted daughter of Hugh and Vera Biggar.
Annette served in the U.S. Navy for 5 and a half years, enlisting on June 9, 1977 and was honorably discharged on October 8, 1982. She was a Third Class Hospital Corpsman, serving in Keflavick, Iceland, where she met her husband, Neil Woodbury, and in Mayport Fla. Annette and Neil were married on October 25, 1980, and proudly renewed their vows on their 25th anniversary at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester.
Annette obtained an Associate degree from Florida State Junior College and continued her education at NSCC in respiratory therapy. She was a Home Health Aide in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, and was proud of her work with patients in their homes. The care she provided to her husband’s parents allowed them to remain at home throughout their later years.
In addition to health care, Annette was known as a passionate crafter, sewing clothes, prairie dolls, tote bags and religious stoles, as well as crochet work. Her family and friends loved her famous fruitcakes, which were made in bulk and were a highlight at her church fair. She and her husband enjoyed attending live music concerts, particularly bluegrass.
As Annette’s cancer developed, she appreciated the skilled treatment provided at the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. When palliative care was needed, she was lovingly cared for at the Bedford VA Hospice Unit. Her husband is grateful to the staff in both settings.
Annette is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Neil Woodbury, as well as sisters-in-law, Ellen Biggar and family of Montana, Kathy Anderson and family of Rowley and Caroline Cennami and family of Ipswich. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester MA 01930, with a Collation immediately following in the Parish Hall. If desired, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church. stjohnsgloucester.org.
Published on  February 23, 2017