CONGERVILLE – Mary E. Wood, 81, died Saturday, May 16, 2020, at her home in rural Congerville, surrounded by family.
She was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Washington, the daughter of Earl E. and Evelyn I. Wright Reel. She married Gerald Wood, her high school sweetheart and true love, on June 21, 1959, in Eureka. He died Aug. 25, 2007.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff (Ronda) Wood, Roanoke and Doug (Lori Jean) Wood, Eureka; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Joe) Pioletti, Michelle (Chris) Feger, Erica (Dan) Lake, Cody (Paige) Wood, Katie Wood, Nathan Wood, Matthew Wood and Garrett Wood; seven great-grandchildren with a great-granddaughter on the way; one sister, Ruth Hart, Eureka and one sister-in-law, Jeanne (Don) Holtzman, Spooner, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant sister, Lois Reel.
Mary was raised on a dairy farm near Congerville and lived on the same road for much of her life. She worked as a dental assistant in Eureka for over 20 years and later assisted her husband in the operation of Wood Tree Farm, rural Congerville, for 16 years. Mary was chief cook, bottle washer and babysitter to her grandchildren, while she also simultaneously baked 1,500 cookies each year for the Wood Tree Farm’s open house. She was a member of Eureka Bible Church, rural Eureka. Music was her God-given gift and talent. Mary faithfully played the organ at the church from age 15 up through her cancer treatments. Mary always played barefoot. She waited nine years for grandchildren and then received eight blessings in eight years. Her family was her life – she lived for them. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She fought a brave fight with cancer for two years. Mary won the final victory and is healed in the arms of Jesus. Her family will miss her greatly, but they rest in the everlasting hope that they will be reunited in Heaven again.
A private family service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Aaron Zehr officiating. Although attendance is private, the service is available to view at https://vcloud.blueframetech.com/broadcast/embed/183141. A private burial will follow the service in Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church.
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