Anna Lucille Wood, 94, Cherokee, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at the Cherokee Villa Nursing & Rehab Center.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Interment will be at Bigler's Grove Cemetery at Woodbine at a later date. On line condolences may be sent to www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Anna was born March 29, 1914 in a farm home in Washington Township in Buena Vista County, to Fred Christian & LaVina (Bitter) Delbridge. In 1931, Anna graduated as Valedictorian of Providence High School. Anna attended Buena Vista College and Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI), obtaining a teaching degree in 1933. She was married to Fred James Wood on Nov. 21, 1936 at Blair, Nebraska. During the 1933-1934 school year, Anna was a rural school teacher in Buena Vista County. From 1934 until 1937 she taught grades seven and eight in the town of Minden, Iowa. Anna and her husband Fred farmed in Iowa near the towns of Woodbine, Storm Lake, Marathon, Aurelia and Alta. She lived in Cherokee for 15 years before moving to the Cherokee Villa five years ago.
Anna was a farm wife for 52 years and a care giver for seven years. Anna then enjoyed eight years of retirement.
She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served as president, secretary and treasurer of the church Ladies Aide, Neighborhood Clubs and Federated Garden Clubs. Anna organized a Girl's 4-H club and served as a leader for 10 years. Anna studied the scriptures and shared her knowledge with the many students she taught to better understand the scriptures. Anna loved sewing and taught the skill to her daughter. She spent many hours gardening and preserving the produce and also enjoyed quilting and crocheting.
Anna was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lucille Fern Wood; her husband of nearly 59 years, Fred James Wood; her parents, sisters and their spouses, Viola & Ralph Spooner, Mae & A. J. VanCitters, Stella & Paul Mahan; brothers-in-law: Dallas "Bud" Phumhoff, Johnnie Johnson, and Clifford Blum.
She is survived by her children: Charlotte & Gary Stellmach of LeMars and Denton, Texas; Ronald & Dilva Wood of Edmonton, Alberta Canada; her granddaughters: Renae Stellmach of Denton, Texas; Annagrazia Wood of Edmonton, Canada; Cynthia Holubetz of Edmonton, Canada; Patricia Wood of Edmonton, Canada, her great grandson, Sam Holubetz of Edmonton, Canada; her two sisters, Fern Phumhoff of Phoenix, Arizona and Hazel Blum of Alta,and many nieces and nephews.