11/27/1925 ~ 7/23/2013
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Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend passed away on July 23, 2013 due to natural causes. She slipped away peacefully early Tuesday morning surrounded by her children. She is loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Born November 27, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Campbell Jacobs and Elida Paulina Iverson. She married Robert William Wood on August 24, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple after waiting almost three years for him to return from the Argentine Mission. They shared a beautiful 57 years of marriage and were blessed with 4 children, 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Barbara was a beautiful, talented, independent woman who loved life and lived it fully. She attended the University of Utah where she received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She was a devoted elementary school teacher for many years and had a deep love for children. She was creative, vivacious and athletic. She enjoyed riding horses, snow and water skiing, and even played tennis into her 80's. Lake Powell was the favorite family vacation spot where choice memories were created for the entire extended family.
Barbara was a truly remarkable woman in every sense. She was lovely even in her later years both inside and out, blessed with uncommon grace and dignity. Her life was filled with charity, always loving and serving others. Her countenance radiated goodness and light with a never-ending smile.
Her appreciation for the beautiful things of this earth helped her create a heavenly home filled with unconditional love for her family and friends. Sunday family gatherings became a tradition that will always be cherished. She was the heart of the home and her legacy will continue to live on for generations.
Barbara was blessed with profound wisdom and a testimony of the gospel, serving faithfully in many positions in the LDS church. The highlight of her life was serving in the temple with her beloved husband.
Barbara enjoyed her life-long friendships with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, tennis mates, book clubs, "Los Ches" (Argentine missionary group), kind neighbors and friends.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Robert William Wood, granddaughter Heidi Miller Smith, parents, and two sisters, Helen Anderson and Dorothy Jo Martin.
She is survived by her four children - Shellie Miller (Terry), Jackie Miller (Gary), Alan J. Wood (Kris), J. Todd Martin (Kimberly), her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Cottonwood 14th Ward chapel, 5165 South Highland Drive (2080 E.). Viewings will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive and prior to the funeral services from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Cottonwood 14th Ward Chapel. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park 3401 South Highland Drive.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from July 28 to July 31, 2013