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ABBOT, Barbara Woodward Piel, 83, died July 2, 2003, at her home in Abbot. She was born February 10, 1920 in Le Roy, New York, daughter of Donald and Florence (Stobie) Woodward. Barbara was a gifted artist, who painted throughout her life. Her work features her unique perspective of nature, which was so deeply meaningful to her. In 1942 she began a series of watercolor sketches of over 400 eastern American birds. She painted in Jekyll Island and Sea Island in Georgia as well as at Penobscot Lake and Guilford, Maine, where she lived. She studied with well-known American artist, John Sloan, and spent a year at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, studying bird structure.

She is survived by her family and friends: Lila Piel and her two children, Jessica and Michael Haghkerdar of Strafford, Vermont; Stobie Piel and three children, Natassja, Sophia, and Garrett Voltin of W. Bath; Elizabeth McNabb and her 2 children, Aaron and Stacey Hall of Longview, Washington; Stephen and Kathy Woodward of Arizona; Reid Woodward of Carmel, California; Diane Woodward of Florida; Sara Jane Boss of Veazie; Florence Donovan of Canaan; Charles Brown of Abbot; Ray and Ellie Sears of Parkman; and Milton Troy of Guilford.

Because fall is her favorite season, a memorial service will be held at her home in Abbot September 28, 2003, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Guests are invited to share memories and visit her art exhibit. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.

The memorial open house for Barbara Woodward Piel, that was previously scheduled for September 28, 2003, has been canceled. An exhibition of her artwork is being arranged separately for a later date. Funeral arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.

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