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WOOD, NANCY CHILDRESS, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Originally from Youngstown, OH, she was the youngest daughter of Berthold and Agnes Ullman. After graduating from Allegheny College, she embarked on a newspaper career joining the staff of the Youngstown Vindicator, where she met her first husband Fred Childress. At the Vindicator, she became a reporter investigating illegal gambling halls run by organized crime in the area.

After taking time off to start a family, she became the Director of Public Information for the American Red Cross before starting her own Public Relations agency, and joining the Faculty of Youngstown State University. Active in her community, she was the first woman ever elected to the board of Junior Achievement; was the charter president of the Western Reserve Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was a trustee of the Youngstown Board of Trade, and president of the Youngstown Quota Club. She also served on the boards of the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center and of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, among others.

After her first husband died, Nancy married Robert Wood whom she originally met through their work at the Youngstown Playhouse. In retirement, the two of them traveled extensively visiting some 28 countries, before settling in Louisville to be close to her youngest son, Kevin Childress and his partner Jeffrey Franklin. She also leaves behind John Childress, her oldest son and his wife Lynne Gregory; her nieces, Dawn Goodridge and Wendy Cederberg, as well as Dawn Spalding (Desmond), Kasey Madgett (Sean) and Christopher Cederberg.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Ratterman and Sons-Jeffersontown, 10600 Taylorsville Road, with burial following in Cave Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations go to one of the organizations Nancy was involved in locally, St. Joseph Children's Home, Highland Community Ministries or to the House of Ruth.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Mar. 27 to Mar. 31, 2013
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