Marjorie E. Wood, age 94, of Mount Gilead, died on Monday, September 13, 2021, at the Lexington Court Care Center following an extended illness.
On September 22, 1926, Marjorie was born at home in Preble County, Ohio, the oldest of three children of the late Orville Isaac and Susie Catherine (Brower) Ulrich. She was raised in West Alexandria, Ohio, and graduated from Lanier High School in the class of 1944.
Furthering her education, Marjorie studied general business for two years at the Ohio State University in Columbus. One fateful night during school, she attended a youth group event through the Wesley Foundation, where she met her future husband, William "Bill" Wood. Their courtship lasted throughout his service to the US Navy, and after his honorable discharge they were married on February 18, 1951, back in her hometown of West Alexandria. In the fall of 1951, they moved to Mount Gilead, Ohio, for his job with Westinghouse in Mansfield, to start and raise their family. Together they shared nearly fifty two years of marriage, and he preceded her in death unexpectedly on February 1, 2003. She has missed him every day since.
A loving homemaker, Marjorie took great pride in caring for her husband, children, and their home. She was well known for keeping a neat and tidy home and yard, and she always had a beautiful flower garden. She also loved to cook and always experimented to try and make the best casseroles.
Very faithful, Marjorie was a very active, 60 plus year member of the First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead. Through the church, she also participated with the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Dedicated to her community, Marjorie starting volunteering with the American Red Cross in 1968, where she held numerous positions and helped on countless blood drives. She was a Morrow County Hospital volunteer, where she served and was a former president on the Silver and Alpha Twigs. She also was a member of the Mother's Club, Beta Progress, and she was a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Brownie Leader.
Sharing a love of boating, Marjorie and Bill would take their boats out as often as they could. They spent a lot of time boating up on Lake Erie and at Alum Creek, where they enjoyed fishing too. They enjoyed sailing the intercostal waterways with their friends from the Marion Power Squadron group. They also enjoyed several cruises together, with some of their favorites being to Egypt, Turkey and Greece.
Always keeping busy to try and stay on top of everything, Marjorie was a huge help to any organization she dedicated herself to. She also enjoyed socializing with her many friends through those service clubs. Most important of all to her though was her family, and she always looked forward to their next family gathering.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children: W. Brad (Rita) Wood of Mount Gilead, Beverly (Tom) Schroeder of Miami, FL, and Sara (Joe) Douglas of Denmark; 9 grandchildren: Chris (Alesha) Wood, Philip (Kylie) Wood, Kelli (Rob) Harman, Abi (Elliot) Johnston, Amy (Steve) Schneider, Andrew Schroeder, Kyle (Jenna) Schroeder, Thomas (Katie) Schroeder III, and Anna (Kris) Putt; 15 great-grandchildren: Asha and Eli Wood, Aubrey, Adelyn, and Alaina Wood, Brett, Bailey, Brayden, and Bradley Harman, Malcolm and Liam Johnston, Ella Schneider, Cora Schroeder, and Avery and Sabrina Schroeder; a brother, Carroll (Penny) Ulrich of Eaton; and several nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, James Phillip Wood; and a brother, Gordon Ulrich.
For everyone's safety, services will be observed privately by her family and a public memorial service will be announced at a later date. She will be buried in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 51 W High St, Mt Gilead, OH 43338, American Red Cross, Morrow County Office, 37 W. Center St, Mt Gilead, OH 43338, or to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St, Mt Gilead, OH 43338.
On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to all of the staff at the Primrose Retirement Community in Marion for their great care during her eight year stay there, to the staff at Lexington Court for their wonderful care during her recent illness, and to everyone at Hospice of Morrow County for everything they did for Marjorie for the past year.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Marjorie's family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.