Passed Away On: May 4, 2022
Grace M. Bishop, 101 years old, passed away on May 4, 2022 in Hollister, California.
Grace was born Grace Mabel Wood, June 27, 1920 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts to parents Lester William Wood and Viola Peters Wood. She spent her childhood and teenage years in the beautiful Cape Cod area which she loved dearly. As an adventurous teenager she took flying lessons and proudly kept her flight logbook for all these years. She then moved to Boston to pursue a career in nursing, where she met her future husband, navy officer, Frank Bishop. They married in Natick, Massachusetts. in 1942.
She spent the war years in Mass. where her eldest son was born. At the end of the war, she joined Frank in San Francisco, where he was stationed, living there 2 years. then followed him to Bremerhaven, Germany for another 2 years while he worked in Naval Intelligence. She then moved to Hanford, California where her second son and daughter were born before moving to Hollister in 1957.
Once in Hollister, she started working at the old Hazel Hawkins Hospital in the Obstetrics Department and retired after 26 years of service. Upon retirement a friend and fellow worker wrote this about her:
“Grace likes Dalmatians and shopping sprees, Mayflower study and new car keys. In addition, Grace likes horses…and one fine day she took a flip and broke her femur tip and ambulated in for care! Grace is truly kind and fair. She has had her fair share of joy and sorrow this we know. We marvel at her strength and glow; it is seeds of goodness she does sow.”
Grace belonged to the Society of Mayflower descendants, Soule Kindred of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, The Alden Kindred and the National Society of the Daughters of the Union 1861-1865. Her family would like to thank her caregivers, Kathy Maldonado and Lou Ballard and their team for all their loving care.
Grace is survived by her son Ted Bishop (Janice) daughter Carol Zgragen (Jeff Drake) Grandchildren – Beth Zgragen, Jarrod Zgragen, Joe Bishop, Jeff Bishop Great Grandchildren – Avrie Hubbell, John Zgragen, Brandon Zgragen, Brianna Zgragen, Myles Bishop Brothers – Robert wood, Richard Wood, William Wood, James Wood Sisters – Gwendolyn Wood Heath, Ramona Wood Smudin. Grace is also survived by her good friends – Shirley Peters and Marianne Lovell.
She was Predeceased by her Husband Frank Bishop (1977), Son Michael A Bishop (1981), Brothers Lester Wood Jr. and Roger Wood, Sister Virginia Sanborn, Stepmother Anges Wood, and Parents Lester Wood and Viola Wood
A celebration of life will be held in the future.