With such fond memories of a great and godly woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss.
Liz ( McCarthy ) Rucker
I have so many memories i would not know where to start as I knew Mrs. Wood for about 50 years. Mary and I became friends in the 4th grade and Mrs. Wood was teaching there at St. Marys. I thought it was really "something " to have a mom that was a teacher. When I visited at their home it was always so peaceful so different from my home with 5 children, later 8. I loved playing with Mary, undisturbed by little brothers and with playthings that had not been "abused" or destroyed.
Of course Mary liked coming to my house for the very reason that it was not quiet....EVER!
I remember once Mary and Mrs. Wood took me to see a play in Seattle. It was a Shakespeare, but I don't remember which one. A very young Richard Chamberlain was a king or something.
On the way up in the car as a snack in the car we had apples and cheese, a combination I had never had and Mary said that they had started having it after their trip to Germany they had just come back from. Mrs. Wood was always expanding our experiences !!!
I will never forget when I was about 14 I dressed as an old lady and was doing this skit the nuns had taught me for a few neighbors. When I went to Gerry's house I just knocked on the door with my cane. She did not recognize me of course, so she slowly reached up to lock the screen door while asking me " may I help you ?"
She got the biggest kick out of it when Mary convinced her she could let me in to do my scary dirge.
So many memories !! My parents loved and respected Gerry so much. For my father she was an intellectual equal that he could have lengthy conversations with, for my Mom she was a mentor and a dear friend. When my Mom and I were traveling back to Washington after my Dad had died in Idaho, she just had to stop and see Gerry. She was at the Chandler Home. She asked about dad,and we said he was skiing. There was no reason to upset her.
We made one more trip to see Gerry a few years back and I wish we had done it again before Mom started feeling poorly.
Mom never stopped asking about Gerry up to the last few weeks of her life, so now I know they are enjoying their time together, all of them.
This was wordy but I wanted to write a few things remembering such a lovely lady in my life.