Cynthia Wood
1938 - 2021
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Cynthia Wood

Rock Hill - 83, died Saturday, April 24 at Hospice and Community Care in Rock Hill, SC. She was born March 21, 1938, in Dallas, TX and was the daughter of the late Edward Jack Bailey and Dorothy Head. She spent her early childhood in Cotulla, TX, and then moved to San Augustine, TX, where she lived until she left home for college. She graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with a BS in Nursing. She then moved to St. Louis, MO, where she attended Barnes Hospital School of Anesthesia, graduating as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. In 1966, she moved to Nashville, TN, to take a job in the Department of Anesthesia at Vanderbilt University Hospital. She married Lewis Fain Wood, Jr. in 1968 and became stepmother to his three girls. Her career at Vanderbilt spanned 17 years, interrupted by a stint at the UCLA Department of Anesthesia when she and Lew lived in Los Angeles for a year. After she retired, she enjoyed having extra time for gardening, traveling, entertaining, and spoiling her dogs and cats.

Cynthia will be missed by her sister Patricia Lou Hall, Blake Hall (Jennifer), and his son Lucas, and her daughters Karen Vander Els of SC, Laura Steltenpohl (Mark) of AL, and Lisa Warren (John) of NC, her brother-in-law Stephen F. Wood (Joyce) of Nashville, and Shirley Wood of SC. Cynthia was affectionately called "Tinka" by her grandchildren Melanie Wilds (Roger), Matthew Vander Els (Jenny), Chase Vander Els, Natalie Steltenpohl, Greg Steltenpohl, Adam Warren, Mary Jane Warren, Alex Warren, Candice Warren, and 9 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Fain Wood, Jr., brother-in-law Robert Hall, and son-in-law Wallace Vander Els.

A memorial service will be at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Saturday, May 8 from 1-2 pm. The family invites visitors before the service, from 12-1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nashville Humane Society or Hospice and Community Care, Rock Hill, SC. Marshall-Donnelly-Combs is serving the family and condolences can be made online.

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Published in Tennessean from Apr. 29 to May 2, 2021.
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May 8, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful friend. I love and miss you.
Kerstin Taschke
May 6, 2021
Cynthia was was of my dearest friends! We met in 1989 when she and Lew sailed as Guests on Seabourn Cruise Line (where I was employed). Being fellow Nashville residents, we immediately ‘hit it off!’ Cynthia was one of the kindest people I have ever known, hands down. Over the years, she and Lew treated me to countless fine dining experiences, came to visit me in Aspen when I was performing there and opened up their beautiful home to me for my 50th birthday! I am so sorry that I won’t be able to attend Cynthia’s Memorial, as I am finally back at sea! She was so excited that I was going back to work again when I spoke to her a few weeks ago and I know she would understand. I will miss seeing her beautiful face, hearing her laugh and spending time with her, but know that she is with Lew and free from pain. She fought so hard and I wish her peace in heaven, where she has surely been welcomed with loving arms! Until we meet again! I Love You Cynthia!
Marla Sanders
May 3, 2021
I was so sorry to hear about Ms. Wood. She was such an awesome person to know. It was an honor to take care of her eyes all these years.
Dr. Ira Shivitz
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