In memory of Annette G. Bliss
MIDDLEBORO - Annette G. Bliss, 66, of Middleborough, died Sunday, November 26th at Lahey Clinic in Burlington after a long illness. She was the wife of Gilbert A. Bliss of Middleborough.
Born in Norwood, Mass., she was the daughter of Mildred L. George of Wareham and the late Donald George.
She graduated from high school in 1952 in Danvers, Mass., and earned a bachelors degree in psychology in 1990 from UMass Dartmouth. She also attended Peterborough (N.H.) High School and was married in 1952 at All Saints Church in Peterborough.
After college she worked as a counselor at Bishop Ruocco House, a treatment facility for adolescent boys in Lakeville and was an assistant in pastoral services in the Massachusetts correctional system.
In her early years raising a family, she worked as a waitress and a telephone operator on Cape Cod and also worked as an elementary school teacher's aide while living in the Berkshires.
After moving to South Middleborough in 1970, she ran a home-based business along with her husband that produced herbs and wildflowers under the name of Wyrttun Ward.
Her interests included music, the arts and literature. Among her notable travel experiences was a 1988 journey to Russia for the observation of the Christian millennium, as a delegate from the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
Her lifetime included charitable work for established agencies and she was also known for privately opening her home to disadvantaged persons.
In addition to her husband and mother, survivors include a daughter, Cynthia J. Bliss of Middleborough; three sons, Gilbert W. Bliss and his wife, Margaret A. Charig, of Greenfield, N.H., Donald G. Bliss and his wife Lori (Moos) of Wareham, and Mason L. Bliss of Middleborough; a granddaughter, Melissa Bliss of Wareham; a sister, Ellen Smith of Boston; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Charles E. Bliss and sister to the late Doris Conley.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 47 West St., Boston, Ma. 02111, a shelter for runaway teens. Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home of Middleborough.