Carolyn Lane Hood-Knipe
11 March, 1935 – 27 February, 2013
Carolyn J. Knipe, of Marblehead, born Carolyn Lane Jones, died on Feb. 27, 2013. She was 77 years of age. Carolyn was known to all as Calla.
Calla and her sister Elisabeth, the daughters of Bradford Jones and Helen Shannon Jones, grew up on Marblehead Neck and graduated from Marblehead High School. Calla then attended Boston's Academie Moderne and in her youth worked as a professional model. Her work in painting and portraiture was a lifelong passion that continued to her final year. Besides being an active artist she was also an occasional poet who spent many of the last years of her life living among friends in Gozo, Malta. Her pastels and watercolors have been exhibited there as well as in her hometown of Marblehead.
Calla was married to the late Bruce Hood, also of Marblehead, and had three children, Mark Stedman Hood, the late William "Billy" Hood, and Tamsen Drew Hood. For many years Calla Hood lived on Summer Street in Old Town while raising her two youngest children. She spent some of her later years living happily in New Hampshire, the native home of her mother’s family, where she met and married retired teacher John Knipe. New Hampshire's “Live Free or Die “spirit suited her own. It was in fact her elder cousin,Walker Wiggins, who introduced that motto while a State Legislator there. He once said to us he was disappointed that the original quote from that state’s revolutionary war general John Stark was considered too long to be fully adopted. It seems appropriate now to recall Gen. John Stark said in full: “Live Free or Die - death is not the worst of enemies!”
Calla’s last months passed all too swiftly. Her good spirits continued to the last. Her laughter and generosity shall be remembered by all who held her dear. Though we all feel she left us too soon, she assured us that she had enjoyed a great life.
Carolyn is survived by her sister, Elisabeth Lowe Alles, two children, the before mentioned Tamsen and Mark, two grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth Hood and Matthew Stedman Hood, as well as three nephews, one niece and seven great nieces and nephews. Calla was much loved and will be much missed.
Her remains will be interred in her family burial plot in Manchester, New Hampshire alongside her mother and grandfather. A private burial will be held there this summer. A small portion of her ashes will also be left on the islands of Malta and Nantucket, according to her wishes. An open gathering of remembrance will be held at the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street in Marblehead, on the morning of Saturday, March 16, from 10AM to 12PM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Animal Shelter.
Saturday, 16 March , 2013
Carolyn Lane Hood-Knipe
8 December 2013
I remember Calla as a great childhood playmate who was never mean to anyone. It was only later in life that I came to realize what artistic talent she had. She was fun, and easy to be with. I wish I had seen her more recently, but we have lived on the West Coast for 40 years and most of my Marblehead friends are just a memory. May peace and joy be with you, Calla. You deserve it.
All the best, Carol Pyne Schreiber
16 March 2013
Tamsen, your mother's life story is sim;ply beautiful, describing a woman with joie de vivre so happily contagious.. My heart is with you and your family and friends as you celebrate her beauty of being. Her artistic spirit and loveliness is inspiring - I am so glad I met her, all too briefly, and will always honor her presence in our lives.
16 March 2013
I'm so grateful to have known Calla and appreciated her humor, artistic eye, and generosity. We shared a love of owls and sending handwritten notes. My prayers are with her extended circle of family and friends. Lucy and I send our love.
15 March 2013
Tamsen, my mom and I just put together a photo book of our memories with your mom ... I sat down at the computer to review directions for the service in the morning and oh my goodness ...how lovely the pictures are you gathered telling your mom's story ..how well the pictures you chose depict her passion, her loves, her sparkle and beauty .... and "favorite things" ...to think this "gaggle of girls " that brought us together is not just family but OUR great grandmothers introducing our grandmothers to one another at age five ..then our mothers like sisters and us the fourth generation of friends that are more a family ... your stated it well in your own words , "she passed too quickly" ....we miss Calla all too much already ....love to you always~ lizabeth
Diane Mace Brown
10 March 2013
My deepest sympathies to Calla's family. She was a big part of my childhood having been my mother's friend Sara (Sally Percival) Hodges. My mom loved Calla and always spoke so highly of her. I especially have fond memories of the two of them when they were in their 40's, both single and going out ballroom dancing. They had a lot of great times together. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed.