Anna E. Bryden, a retired Kent County public school educator and lifelong Rock Hall resident, died of respiratory failure Monday at Chester River Manor nursing home in Chestertown. She was 94.
The former Anna Elizabeth Ford was born and raised in Rock Hall and was a 1930 graduate of Rock Hall High School.
After raising a son, she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned a bachelor's degree in education. Her subsequent 25-year teaching career included stints at Rock Hall High and Chestertown Middle School. She retired in 1973.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rock Hall Homemakers. She volunteered with the Kent County Library and Rock Hall Museum, and was a former board member of Upper Shore Aging Inc., a program that offers services to the elderly.
She was an accomplished needlepoint worker and enjoyed traveling and tutoring students.
Mrs. Bryden was married for 11 years to Albert Bryden, who died in 1974. An earlier marriage to Bud Edwards ended in divorce.
Mrs. Bryden was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Rock Hall, where services will be held at 2 p.m. today.
Surviving are her son, Melvin "Sonny" Edwards of Easton; a stepdaughter, Delores Unruh of Aberdeen; two sisters, Miriam Hoffecker of Chestertown and Nina Noonan of Broomall, Pa.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.