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Billie L. Wood

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Billie Lou Wood

Billie Lou Wood, a major community leader for many years and the wife of former long time chairman of Eli Lilly and Company, Richard D. Wood, passed away on Friday December 20, 2013.

She was born in South Bend, Indiana and was a graduate of Shortridge High School and Butler University.

Mrs. Wood was a member of the boards of directors of Butler University, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the local Boy Scouts of America Crossroads of America Council, , the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and a Life Governor of the Riley Children's Foundation. She also was a major supporter of the Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Park Tudor School.

Often described as "the Consummate Volunteer," in all of these groups, she was active in creating development activities for the benefit of endowments, facilities and programs. Groups she founded or assisted in founding include the Ovid Butler Society at Butler University, the Eagle Patrol at Crossroads of America Council, the Carousel Society at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and the Lynn Planned Giving Society at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

In a 2001 Butler University alumni publication it was observed that "Billie Lou Wood's decision to live her life in a manner where sharing, caring and serving take precedence has led to an improved quality of life for all those with whom she has contact. She is truly an individual who, by her unselfish efforts, has added vigor to the Butler tradition of excellence."

She was also an admirer of flower gardens and horticulture and was interested in their development - as expressed through her long membership in the Indianapolis Garden Club.

She is survived by Richard D. Wood, her husband of 62 years; her two daughters Catherine Wood Lawson (William V. Lawson III) and Marjorie Elizabeth Wood; her three grandchildren William V. Lawson IV (Stephanie Goodrid Lawson), Andrew Wood Lawson and Anna Wood Peterson; and her great-grandson William V. Lawson V.

A service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 27, 2013 beginning at 1 p.m. A celebration of her life will immediately follow the service at the Woodstock Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Billie Lou Wood to any of the following groups:

Butler University

Riley Children's Foundation

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Park Tudor School

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 22, 2013
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