Frances Gretchen Wood
Frances Gretchen Wood, age 94, of Blanchard passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014 at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Frances, the youngest of six children, was born on May 29, 1920 in Blanchard, the daughter of Albert and Maude (Davis) Sheets. She was raised in the Blanchard area, attended the Blanchard Country School and graduating from the Remus High School in 1938.
Frances married Floyd Howard Wood on December 7, 1940 in her parent’s home. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1967. Frances was employed as the receptionist/bookkeeper for the Blanchard Telephone Company for more than 20 years, retiring in 1985. She member of the Blanchard Garden Club and a member of the United by Faith Christian Church in Wyman. She was a faithful loving woman who served her God, family, church and community well. She served as a Sunday school superintendent, teacher, missions’ president and various other offices in the church.
Frances enjoyed gardening, traveling, quilt making, needlework, cooking and spending time with her family and at church. We will dearly miss our mother. She will always have a special place in our hearts and we are comforted that she sleeps awaiting the return of her Savior, Jesus Christ who will welcome her into His eternal Kingdom.
Frances is survived by her children: Judy (Ed) Miller of Florida, Mary (Jim) Lindemulder of Texas, Linda (Bob) Farrell of Blanchard and Roger (Margie) Wood of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren: Ron (Sandy) Hansen, Jon Hansen, Lori (Rick) Morse, Brian (Krista) Miller, Mark (Lisa) Lindemulder, Justin (Dawn) Lindemulder, Jennifer (Nick) Beller, Michael (fiancé Jennifer Doty) Wood, Jill (Brian) Eldred, Scott Farrell, Leigh (Tom) Wallace and Collin (Genny) Farrell; 21 great; seven great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Esther Bryant of Shepherd; many nieces and nephews.
Frances was also preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Maude; infant son, Gerald; baby grandson, Brian Lynn Hansen; a baby great-granddaughter, Savannah Marie Lindemulder; two brothers and three sisters.
A funeral service in Frances’ memory will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Edmore with Pastor Tom Colburn officiating. The family will receive the love and support of friends at a visitation scheduled for Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., also at the Edmore Brigham Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Pine River Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the United by Faith Food Pantry or to the Library of Michigan Foundation – Braille and Talking Library, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915.
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