Deborah R. Wood, 73, died Sunday, Jan. 16 surrounded by her family.
She was born in Vermont and was educated in several schools, including Dana Hall, and graduated from Beale High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts in 1955. Following high school she attended Syracuse University.
Mrs. Wood was the quintessential Army wife for 27 years. She made beautiful homes in 13 different states and during seven years living in Germany in three different cities. She held the family together while her husband served two tours in Viet Nam. For every state and city, it was a major move to relocate and get set up again. In each of the communities she was a willing and productive member.
She served as President of the wives club at Sharpe Army Depot. While in Heidelberg, Germany she ran the high school Booster Club Store. She raised many thousands of dollars for various sports activities. Where the community included a thrift shop, she was always a dedicated volunteer.
After her husband’s retirement from the Army she accompanied him to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. They lived in Saudi Arabia for two years. Upon completion of the contract they returned to California and settled in Oakdale.
She is survived by her husband of more than 52 years, retired U.S. Army Colonel William Wood; sons, Scott (Susan) Wood of Oakdale, Paul (Lisa) Wood; and granddaughter, Isabella Wood, all of Los Angeles.
There will be a private ceremony followed by cremation. Her ashes will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
She was a life-long diabetic and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Allen Mortuary, Turlock, in charge of arrangements.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
Jan. 26, 2011