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Edith Wood

Edith L. Wood, formerly of Tingley, Iowa passed away December 20, 2015 at Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr at the age of 101. She was born July 24, 1914 in Good Hope, Missouri to Alvah and Laura Hammond.

She married her husband, Keith, in November of 1939. To this union three children were born: Sandra (Leland) Dolecheck of Osceola, IA, Barbara (Don) Corll of Estero, FL and Terry (Cindy) Wood of Greybull, WY. In addition to her children, she is survived by 8 grandchildren, Allan (Naomi) and David (Sherri) Dolecheck, Michelle (Troy) Good, Renee (Scott) Mercer, Kelly Corll, Jason and Erik (Audra) Wood, Sarah (Tim) Bessett; 18 great grandchildren; one sister, Betty Hammond, and two brothers Bill and Gerald Hammond.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Keith; three brothers, Audie, Lowell, and Tom Hammond; two sisters Lavonne Hargis and Lottie Hammond.

Edith and Keith lived most of their married lives farming in Ringgold County. Edith loved to farm and make things grow. Wherever she lived, Edith always raised a big garden and maintained a large yard with many flowers. From these gardens, many jars of fruit and vegetables were canned every year and much of the harvest was shared with friends and family.

We are grateful that she was always willing to lend a hand when someone needed help, and was recognized several times for her volunteer activities. Like most people that grew up in the depression, Edith was taught at an early age how to stretch a dollar. Being the oldest of nine children, it was necessary for her to earn money to help support the family, and oftentimes she could not attend school. Her family is very proud of how she self-taught herself to do many things that ordinarily would have been learned in school. She once expressed that she had taken care of 34 new born babies before she was married to earn money for the family.

Edith and Mildred Abarr started the Tingley Kitchen Band in 1978, and she continued to play until 2012. The band played several times a week at different nursing homes, community centers, various town celebrations and dances. After leaving the farm, playing music with the Tingley Kitchen Band, and Charlie Mander's group, the "Review", was a big part of her life. Edith could not read music but could play by "ear". Her song book consisted of a spiral notebook of 100's of songs and hymns. Depending on the occasion, Mildred and Edith would develop a play list for the event from the spiral notebook. The Tingley Band was requested several times by the Iowa State Fair and won many awards along the way.

Edith was an active member of the Tingley Christian Church, for a time playing hymns, and for several years, mowing the church lawn until age 95.

Edith was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to the Tingley meal site.

  • Open Viewing

    December 25, 2015
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    December 26, 2015
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    December 26, 2015
    2:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday December 26 2015

    Tingley Cemetery

    Tingley, IA

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It is truly sad to know this sweet lady is no longer with us. She would be out in the heat of day all summer long tending her yard, flowers and mowing. I even found her up on a ladder at 98 years old cleaning her windows one day which I believe was also her birthday. Needless to say she declined help with the window cleaning. She was a very independent woman that would rarely let me or anyone else help her with tasks that may have been too much for her but when she did let me I was always rewarded with something yummy. She was a great cook and I always enjoyed the tasty payment for helping her although it was never required. I admired her independence and enjoyed our frequent conversations when she came out to get her mail or was taking a break from her work. She will be missed greatly by many!

Posted by David VanderJagt - Tingley - Neighbor   January 28, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

What a special lady!! My mom and dad (Harold and Eloise Brown) thought the world of her. Heaven got a very special angel.

Posted by Joni Brown Robison - Bedford, IA   December 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Edith made my Grandmother, Marie Murphy, feel so welcome when she moved to the area, and she so much enjoyed playing with Edith in the Tingley Kitchen Band and Charlie''s Revue. Our sincerest condolences to Edith''s family.

Posted by Justin Akers - Kellerton, IA - friend   December 28, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Great Grandma was the nicest woman I have ever met. She made the best pies that I have ever tasted. I loved her and I will think of her every night in my prayers.
I love you Great Grandma!

Posted by Adrian Wood - Cody, WY - Great Granddaughter   December 25, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Great Grandma, I know you had a great life and I hope you have a great life in Heaven with Jesus.
I love you!

Posted by Isaac Wood - Cody, WY - Great Grandson   December 25, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

such a sweet lady I knew her when I was a child and staying with my grandparents Ray and Minnie Everling. Brings back a lot of memories. I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sue Everling Conner - Des Moines, IA - my grandparents were friends   December 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I became acquainted with Edith when she came to our grain elevator in Arispe after her husband''s death, Keith had soybeans stored there. But I really became close to her after my husband died and I went to the Tingley ?Congregate Mealsite.
I admired her for her ability to play the piano and she was a great accompanist to the kitchen band and the vocal group. I cherish the times we spent going to area mealsites, assisted living places etc.. She was a great lady and I am so glad that I knew her.

Posted by Wilmoth Nichols - Perry, IA - Friend, member f her kitchen ban   December 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Am so sorry to hear about your mother, I remember her as a very nice and caring lady, and as I remember, a very good cook. For some strange reason I was just thinking about her a few weeks ago. Again, I am sorry for your loss and even sorrier that it had to come at this time of the year. Bill

Posted by Bill Creveling - Clive, IA - Friend   December 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM