After a long and very full life, Maggie Wood passed away peacefully at home.
Maggie lived life to the fullest. She never met a stranger and even people that never met her in person and only talked to her on the phone thought she was the most interesting and engaging woman who regaled all with her many adventures and life stories.
She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and spent the summers of her youth on the islands of Lake Erie. Just recently she was sought after and had articles written about her stories of her years there and the history of the islands.
After graduating from high school Maggie traveled across the country with a friend. Her stepfather gave her $500.00 for the trip which was full of adventures, sightseeing, and making new friends. She happily returned home with loads of great memories, stories to tell, and money left over! Maggie had her pilot's license and flew airplanes and gliders. At a young age she bought a Piper Cub with a friend.
She was married to Neal S. (Woody) Wood Jr. of St. Louis for 43 years and together they raised four children. Their family spent many years making great memories sailing the South Florida waters. The Woods were famous for their annual Christmas party. Friends of Maggie's children still have fond memories of dinners at the Wood home and Maggie's warm, kind welcome she always gave.
Maggie was very passionate in her views of politics and wanted the world to be a better place for her children, grandchildren and future generations. She was very active in the Republican Women's group of the Roanoke Valley. Maggie made it a point to ask the younger generations if they voted and if they said "no,” she would explain the importance of voting to them.
In her later years she loved her bus trips to the Greenbrier Casino with her son Brian & her best friends as often as she could. Maggie and her two very great Friends Anne & Marilyn were well known at the Outback every Friday night for many years where they had their double bourbons waiting. Maggie loved playing bridge & card games with her Family & Friends.
Maggie loved & cherished time with her Church Family from Christ the King. She hosted bible studies for many years. Up until her last moments on earth, she sought the Lord & his wisdom. Maggie truly loved the Lord with all her heart & soul and is undoubtedly walking the streets of Heaven with Jesus, Woody and all her loved ones who went before her. Her face lit up when we talked about her finally getting to meet Jesus! Maggie had a huge heart for the underprivileged and for our Veterans.
Maggie was so very proud of her greatest accomplishments which were her four children. She loved more than anything their huge family gatherings. She loved being "Nana" & spending time with and bragging about her 12 grandchildren every chance she got. And most recently was so thrilled to be called "GG '' by her 4 great grandchildren. Maggie has shared many stories of her 95 years in this world with those of us who were lucky enough to know & love her and those stories will be passed on for many generations to come. She will live forever in our hearts.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Maggie was predeceased by her mother, father, stepfather, brothers Isaac & Bigelow, and her husband Neal Wood.
Maggie is survived by her four children, Neal S. (Chip) Wood III (Linda), Phyllis Armstrong (Bill), Baker B. Wood (Tammy), Brian K. Wood (Edna), 12 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday Nov. 19, 2023 at 3:00PM at Christ the King Church in Roanoke. In lieu of food or flowers, donations to Feeding SW Virginia or any charity of your choice in her memory will be greatly appreciated.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Roanoke, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.