Betty Wood, 86

Published 8:10 am Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Betty Wood, 86, of Taopi, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus-Rochester.

Betty Wood, 86

Betty was born on Aug. 11, 1932, in Bayard, Iowa, to Aaron and Zola Marchant. She was one of 10 siblings.

On May 26, 1950, she married John Wood of Taopi in the very house they both lived their whole life. They have five children. John passed away in 2005.

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She was a hardworking farm wife who drove a school bus for many years. She liked seeing the neighborhood kids grow and become parents themselves. She also worked at Seneca Foods for many years and enjoyed seeing her co-workers season after season.

Her favorite hobby was making quilts and sewing all kinds of crafts and a lot of clothing for her family. The close second hobby was baking cookies, pies, and endless goodies. Many a friend enjoyed the jelly and jam that she would share generously.

Betty cherished all the people close to her. Playing 500 with the friends in LeRoy, Minnesota, was something she looked forward to every week. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone close and truly enjoyed helping the people she cared about. She always wanted to stay active and took care of her yard right through this year. She was also mom to many “fur babies” she loved.

She is survived by her children, Kathi Fischer (Martin) of Tampa, Florida, Jim (Sher) Wood of Rochester Minnesota, Paul Wood of Manly, Iowa, and Nancy (Len) Germain of London, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Jonathan (Anne) Wood of Rochester, Katie (Nick) Fields of Rochester, Peter (Carrie) Wood of rural Echo, Minnesota, Jordan Germain of London, and Christopher and Tyson Daniel, and six great-grandchildren. Her daughter Joan chose to break contact with family many years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; son-in-law, Martin Fischer; and all nine of her siblings.

Betty donated her body to Mayo Clinic. A future memorial is being planned with no specific date at this time. Memorials can be directed to the Mower County Humane Society or an animal rescue of choice.