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Verdie Lucille "Lucy" Wood

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Verdie Lucille "Lucy" Wood Obituary
Wood, Verdie Lucille "Lucy" (Rouse)
October 29, 1923 - December 4, 2015. Lucy was born and raised in Pilot Point, Texas, until her parents moved the family to St. Louis, MO when she was a pre-teen. They settled at 9915 St. Charles Rock Road Rear establishing the first Hood's Discount Store. Oldest of four children, Lucy is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, John and Ernie. She is survived by her sister. Mary Jean Creamer. After attending Washington University, Lucy moved to Washington, D. C, to work as a clerk-typist for the FBI. Lucy then traveled via Hawaii and Japan to a job in South Korea where she met and married John Alford Rouse. His next assignment moved them to Ft. Jackson, South Carolina where they had two children, Mary Rouse Vournas (Gus) and Bruce Alan Rouse. They spent a three year tour in Bad Nauheim, Germany, returning to Columbia, SC where Lucy became a single mom' for 18 months when John was re-deployed to Korea. Their last posting was to Ft. Hood, Texas. Upon retirement from the military, she and John opened a Hood's Discount Store in Columbia, Illinois (later called Rouse's). After 21 years of marriage, they divorced and Lucy moved to Springfield, MO, opening Lucy's Discount Store. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Lucy moved back to St. Louis for treatment and then opened another store in St. Charles, MO. After closing that store, Lucy worked in various Hood's stores for her brothers. In 1983, Lucy married, Ed Wood of Wild Woody's near Kansas City, MO. She acquired three step-children, Harry, Georgia (Kyle Engelking) and Bob and has had the pleasure of seeing their children grow and produce gorgeous grand-children. As Ed and Lucy moved between Versailles and Kansas City, MO and Scottsdale, AZ during their years together, Lucy kept in touch with all her family members, loving each and every one, praying for them daily and accepting them as they were, unconditionally. Having accepted Christ as her Lord as a young child, Lucy remained strong in her faith throughout her life. Her last lucid words were, "Love is all you need." Lucy continued living in Scottsdale after Ed's death, then began alternating living with her children after she gave up driving. She was working in Bruce's store, The Electronics Exchange, back on St. Charles Rock Road until this July. She treasured her times with family and especially appreciated her chats with Toni, Terri and Jill during her last days in St. Louis. She took great pleasure in seeing her grandson, John Vournas, and grand-nephew, Henry Meyer, follow the family tradition in becoming entrepreneurs. Contributions to . Contact her children for date of Remembrance Gathering.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 13, 2015
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