NEWPORT NEWS - Jean Dawson Harrell Wood, age 88, passed away on August 7, 2015. She was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the daughter of Samuel and Beulah Harrell. She moved to Newport News in 1935 and after graduating from Newport News High School in 1944, she married the love of her life, Charles Henry Wood Jr. Survivors include sister, Peggy Weeks of Kannapolis, North Carolina and Ted and Mabel Safford of Leesburg, Florida. She leaves four children, Charles Henry Wood III, Jean Elizabeth Wood Gardner, Deborah Ann Wood Pia, and David Morgan Wood. When diagnosed with Diabetic Neuropathy 12 years ago, Jean Dawson never gave up. She never complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook with life. Filled with compassion and a keen interest in others, Jean made friends easily and maintained contact with many. As her children grew, she began working outside the home and maintained two jobs to further her kid's education. Jean was an avid reader and a tenacious bridge player. She was also sort of a self-proclaimed NASA Propagandist having worked in contract files during the Apollo Moon Mission from which she retired in 1977. After Charlie passed away, she travelled the world with beloved friends she had known since high school, to the Pyramids in Egypt, walking the Great Wall in China, Stonehenge, swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, and many more destinations. Her family would like to thank and honor the management and nursing staff of The Newport for years of tender care they have given our mother. Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen, Attn: Donor Relationships & Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23601.
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 8, 2015.