COLUMBIA, Mo. — Thelma L. “Teddy” Hedges, 91, of Columbia, Mo., and Syracuse, N.Y., formerly of Mechanic Falls, died on Jan. 17, 2017, in Columbia, Mo.

Teddy was born on March 4, 1925 in Norway, the daughter of Philip Woodman and Ethel (Walker) Prince, both of whom proceeded her in death. Her sister, Mariam Blair of West Poland and Morris Prince of Mechanic Falls, also preceded her in death.

She was married on Nov. 5, 1955, to the Rev. Thomas H. Hedges. They served parishes in Barnet Center, Vt., Thompsonville, Conn., and Schoharie, Hamburg and Syracuse, N.Y. She was a longtime resident of Westvale, N.Y., before moving to Missouri.

Teddy earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Gorham State Teachers’ College in 1948, a master’s degree in Christian education from Hartford Seminary in 1952 and a master’s in education from Syracuse University in 1980.

She taught first grade for many years in the New York public schools before teaching high school equivalency and college English courses at the Education Opportunity Center in Syracuse, N.Y. At her retirement in 1990, she was the chair of the English Department.

Teddy enjoyed traveling with her husband, Tom, in the United States and abroad. She especially loved opera, knitting and her many book clubs and women’s organizations.

She is survived by two sons, Chris Hedges and wife, Eunice Wong of Princeton, N.J., and Jeff Hedges and wife, Sondra of Medford, N.J.; one daughter, Mimi Hedges and husband, Chuck Fagre of Columbia; and seven grandchildren, Thomas, Noelle, William, Isabel, Chase, Konrad and Marina.

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