Virginia Mae Wood

May 31, 1927May 28, 2020

Virginia Mae Wood, 92, of Plattsburg, Missouri passed away May 28, 2020, at NorthCare Hospice House.

Virginia was born May 31, 1927, in Kansas City, Kansas, to John Henry Dimsdale, Sr., and Nevada Mae Laughter Haynes Dimsdale. She was a 1945 graduate of Wyandotte High School, and married Harry V. Wood in 1947. She was a devoted wife and homemaker, proud mother of 3 sons, and retired from R-5 school cafeteria services. She was a faithful member of her church, enjoyed gardening, especially flowers, singing at weddings, funerals and church, traveling, visiting with family and friends made over a lifetime, telling stories, and may have set a record for attending sports events, concerts and recitals with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry V. Wood, on brother, John Henry Dimsdale, Jr., and one brother-in-law Howard Bly, Jr.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael D. (Kathleen) Wood, Terry V (Lynn) Wood, and Richard A. (Cynthia) Wood., brother George Andrew Dimsdale, sister Bonnie Bly, sisters-in-law Virginia Harris Dimsdale, Lois Windt Dimsdale. Four grandchildren Timothy (Valerie) Wood, Jennifer (David) Wood Evans, Katherine (Josh Hanus) Gates Wood, and Tyson (Ashley) Wood; six great grandchildren Tristan Wood, Riley Wood, Emma Evans, Levi Evans, Ian Storm Hanus and one expected.

Private services First Baptist Church, Plattsburg, MO. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Interment East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, MO. In lieu of Flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Water Project ( or a charity of choice.


  • John Henry Dimsdale, Father (deceased)
  • Nevada Mae Haynes Dimsdale, Mother (deceased)
  • Harry V. Wood, Husband (deceased)
  • John Henry Dimsdale, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Howard Bly, Jr., Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Michael D. Wood (Kathleen), Son
  • Terry V. Wood (Lynn), Son
  • Richard A. Wood (Cynthia), Son
  • George Andrew Dimsdale, Brother
  • Bonnie Bly, Sister
  • Virginia Harris Dimsdale, Sister-in-law
  • Lois Windt Dimsdale, Sister-in-law
  • Timothy Wood (Valerie), Grandchild
  • Jennifer Wood Evans (David), Grandchild
  • Katherine Gates Wood (Josh Hanus), Grandchild
  • Tyson Wood (Ashley), Grandchild
  • Tristan Wood, Great Grandchild
  • Riley Wood, Great Grandchild
  • Emma Evans, Great Grandchild
  • Levi Evans, Great Grandchild
  • Ian Storm Hanus, Great Grandchild

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  • Michael Wood
  • Terry Wood
  • Richard Wood
  • Tim Wood
  • Tyson Wood
  • David Evans
  • Josh Hanus
  • Tristan Wood, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Riley Wood, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Emma Evans, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Levi Evans, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Storm Hanus, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 1, 2020


Virginia Mae Wood

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Grace Bruce

June 4, 2020

Virginia was among the first people I met in Plattsburg, at the Baptist Church. We were in the same Sunday School class, Bible study group, and in WMU together. Though 20+ years younger than many, I couldn’t keep up with any of them. Among my sweet memories of Virginia is she and our friend Gertrude acting as witnesses when my clients needed them (and going for pie afterwards!). With their permission, on Wills she would draw a flower next to her name, to later bring sunshine to loved ones at a difficult time. Virginia lived her faith; she smiled and sang and laughed, and you couldn’t help but join in. Like so many others, I am a better person for knowing her. How blessed her family is, to have known her all their lives.

Rhonda Smallwood

June 3, 2020

Virginia was a part of this group of great ladies of the neighborhood. They all impacted many lives of the kids growing up around here. Together they impacted even more. Jean Mize, Virginia Wood, Mary Cash, Mary Aring - At Jean's 90th birthday party. Boy did they enjoy getting together again.

James E & Margarett Fisher

June 1, 2020

Sincere sympathy to Virginia's family and friends. We lived across the hill from her there in Parkville for a few years. At night time we could see each other's home lights. Went to church with her. She was a precious friend. She was a jewel here on this earth and I know God will shine with her being there. She worked at the school where our daughter was enrolled. Always smiling. Love and miss her(and her precious family which she loved dearly.)

Mary Aring

June 1, 2020

I remember Virginia living close by for many many many years. I loved her and Harry both. I remember one night in the winter going over with Freddy when her well froze over and he climbed down in it to break it up and set up something to keep it from freezing so she could have water. We talked and she told stories of growing up while he was working on it. My favorite memories are when she lived next door to us in our rental house. I would babysit my grandchildren, Kayla and Jenna, and she would go with us to the park to let them play. They always loved her dearly as well. They adored going over to see Miss Virginia whenever they could. I have missed her greatly since she moved out and continue to miss her everyday. It helps to know that she's saving me a spot up there in heaven. I'm so grateful to know I'll see her again!

Rhonda Smallwood

June 1, 2020

I grew up close to Virginia and attended the same church. I have known her for as long as I can remember. My Dad, Fred Aring, often went over to help her out at her home on Hampton Road. She was my teacher in VBS. I remember her singing in the choir at church and holding up signs to the congregation to "SMILE".
When I was older, I remember she often traveled with me and my Mom. She went with us to visit colleges and went with us when I was dropped off at college my first year. I remember when she would call me and if I didn't answer, she would sing me a voice message. She taught me to always be happy by trusting that God is doing what's best for me in all situations and that is enough to make me happy. She used to babysit my girls sometimes when she lived next to my Mom's house (Mary Aring). She would have tea parties with them, complete with cup/saucer and fancy hats. She's the one that taught them to put honey in their hot tea. We all loved her so much and feel as if part of our family is gone. We did make a donation -but I filled out the donation info incorrectly so you probably wont get a notification of it. My prayers are with you all. She lived her life well and amidst my grief it makes me happy knowing she's dancing and singing with the angels and sitting with her Lord & Savior and catching up with Harry.

Sharon Rick

May 31, 2020

My condolences to all of her family. She was such a beautiful lady. She loved her flowers and she often shared them with me. Virginia loved and cared for so many people. I will miss her stories, smiles and how she saw the goodness in everyone. I will always be grateful for knowing her. Fly high Virginia, until we meet again. Love and hugs to all of her family.

Susan DeMint

May 30, 2020

Virginia was one of the Sweetest little ladies I have ever had the pleasure of getting to meet.

Jennifer Lawson

May 30, 2020

Oh sweet Virginia , I knew her since I was 4 at the southern Baptist Church on Hampton Rd in Parkville. My GMA was the koolaid lady and Virginia made the cookies at Bible school every year. She was one of the most beautiful ppl I've ever known and I was so blessed when she showed up one day at my house in Plattsburg . She remembered everything and even brought me a church bulletin from when my GMA died that I had never seen and she had kept. I love u Miss Virginia , u were so beautiful, sweet, positive, loving, giving and always so beautiful. What an inspiration. I love u. Rest beautiful lady


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