2009-02-14 / Obituaries

Helga Doud

Helga Doud Helga Doud Helga Doud of Mackinac Island passed away Friday, December 26, 2008, at Hiland Cottage, Hospice of Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey, following a short illness. She was 102.

Mrs. Doud was born December 13, 1906, in Hibbing, Minnesota, to Olaf and Anna (nee Anderson) Rodin.

She was graduated from college in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with a life certificate in education, teaching for more than 10 years at Bird Island and first grade at Hibbing Public Schools. Mrs. Doud also taught at Mackinac Island Public School when needed.

She traveled to Colorado to attend summer school, climbed Pikes Peak, and traveled to her parents' homeland, Sweden.

She married Francis M. Doud from Mackinac Island November 25, 1937. When she married, Mrs. Doud did not convert to Catholicism, although her children grew up in the Catholic faith. Mrs. Doud was on the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church.

With other volunteers, Mrs. Doud helped start the Mackinac Island Library and the Medical Center, raising money through bake sales and selling coffee cakes.

She and her husband owned Doud Mercantile on Mackinac Island from 1944 to 1974, selling it to their son, Stephen.

For more than 10 years, the Douds hosted a traditional duck supper after midnight mass for 25 people.

Up until several years ago, she rode a bicycle and snowmobile.

Mrs. Doud is survived by a daughter and her family, Anna Mary and Gary Cusack of Petoskey; a sister-in-law, Jeannette Doud of Mackinac Island; grandchildren Jeanne Hayes, Kelly Dean, Kate Koboski, Amy Jameson, Marge Coolman, Franc Doud, Andrew Doud, and Lisa Powlus; 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis, who died in 1982, and son, Stephen, who died in 2002.

Services were Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at noon at Trinity Episcopal Church on Mackinac Island with Joan Slater and Trish Martin officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, December 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ste. Anne's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Ste. Anne's Cemetery.

Her grandchildren served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be directed to the Mackinac Island Public Library or Trinity Episcopal Church.

Dodson Funeral Home in St. Ignace assisted the family with arrangements.

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