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Mary Wood

January 18, 1939 — May 16, 2020

CONGERVILLE- Mary E. Wood, 81, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Saturday May 16, 2020, surrounded by family in her home.
Mary fought a brave fight with cancer for two years. She won the final victory and is healed in the arms of Jesus.
Mary was born January 18, 1939 to Earl E. and Evelyn I. Wright Reel in Washington. She was raised on a dairy farm in rural Congerville and lived on the same road for much of her life. On June 21, 1959 she became a farm wife to Gerald Wood, her high school sweetheart and true love. They married in Eureka and spent 48 wonderful years together. Gerald passed away on August 25, 2007.
Surviving are her two sons, Jeff (Ronda) Wood of Roanoke; Doug (Lori Jean) Wood of Eureka; one sister, Ruth Hart of Eureka; one sister-in-law, Jeanne (Don) Holtzman of Spooner, WI; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Joe) Pioletti; Michelle (Chris) Feger; Erica (Dan) Lake; Cody (Paige) Wood; Katie Wood; Nathan Wood; Matthew Wood; Garrett Wood; seven great grandchildren and a great-granddaughter on the way. She waited nine years for grandchildren and then received eight blessings in eight years. Her family was her life - she lived for them.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one infant sister, Lois.
Mary worked as a dental assistant in Eureka for over 20 years. She later helped Jerry run the Wood Tree Farm in Congerville for 16 years. She was chief cook, bottlewasher, and babysitter to her grandchildren while simultaneously baking 1,500 cookies each year for the Wood Tree Farm's open house.
Mary was a member of Eureka Bible Church. Music was her God-given gift and talent. She faithfully played the organ at church from age 15 up through her cancer treatments. She always played barefoot.
Her family will miss her greatly, but they rest in the everlasting hope that they will be reunited in Heaven again. Thanks to Dr. Fogo, Rachel, Jessica, and Erin for their loving care.
Private family funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 20, 2020 at Eureka Bible Church. Pastor Aaron Zehr will officiate. Although attendance is private, the event is available for public viewing at Private family burial will be at Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is handling arrangements for the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Eureka Bible Church. Online condolences and tributes may be sent to the family at

Private Service

MAY 20. 11:00 AM (CST)

Eureka Bible Church
Eureka, IL

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