Mary L. Wood

December 8, 1930August 5, 2018

Mary Louise Wood 87, passed away on August 5, 2018, at Union Park Health Services Nursing Home in Des Moines, Iowa surrounded by her family. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 pm August 9, 2018 at Altoona Cemetery, Altoona Iowa. A private family visitation will be held at McLaren’s Funeral Home, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Mary was born December 8, 1930 to Arthur Floyd Redding and Cora Lepernie Thatcher. Mary was a lifelong resident of Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating high school she worked at Drake University for 9 years. She was also employed at various nursing homes in the Des Moines area as a nurses’ aid. Mary retired in 1991.

Mary is survived by 10 children; Johnnie Figgins, Randy Figgins, Darrell (Loretta) Figgins, Rick Figgins, Sharon Cummings, Carol Simpson, Donna Farwell, Patricia Weaver, Shirley (Kevin) Gute and Doris Hull; 24 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren and sister, Babe (Cora) Braley. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Aaron Wood; son, Alvin Lucas; grandson, Dewayne Figgins; and great grandchildren, Brianna Hilton and Simon Carstensen; 3 brothers, Arthur Redding, Charles Redding and Lewis Redding and a sister, Florence Redding.

Mary had been living at Union Park Health Services for many years. Her children would come to visit frequently and she enjoyed reminiscing over events of the past. Whenever Mary was asked by her children who her favorite child was it was always the one asking the question.

The family is thankful for all the caregivers and their thoughtfulness during Mary's time at Union Park Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mary L. Wood

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