Barbara Ann Wood

WOOD- Barbara Ann Wood 77 of Grand Rapids MI passed away October 7th 2009. Barbara was born on March 3 1932 in Massillon OH. After attending Stephens College she pursued one of her great passions of her life – travel – by becoming a stewardess for American Airlines. She met fell in love and married her partner of 50 years Robert (Bob) Wood on October 24th 1959. Barbara will be missed by husband Bob her daughter Susan Wood Merlotti Son Todd Wood; son-in-law Frank Merlotti Jr.; three loving grandchildren Alexander Benjaminand Grace Merlotti; sister-in-law Dr. Nancy E. Wood; nieces Nancy Luckey Leslie Shaidnagle and nephew Doug Shaidnagle; and an amazing number of close and loving friends. To all that knew Barbara she was thought of as a true friend and had an unyielding compassion for everyone and is remembered for her kind sweet nature. Together with Bob they had a lifelong commitment to the American Cancer Society which culminated with the opening of the Robert and Barbara Wood Hope Lodge Service Center on Jefferson and Cherry in downtown Grand Rapids. A private service was held for the immediate family on Barbara’s request. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Kent County Unit 129 Jefferson SE Grand Rapids MI 49503

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