Mary Geraldine Wood

January 15, 1916March 4, 2013

Mary Geraldine Wood nee Suver, daughter, student, teacher, aunt, wife and mother, died March 4, 2013 at Chandler House in Yakima, WA at the age of 97. She was a steadfast and faithful servant of the Lord. She was born on January 15, 1916 in Ellensburg to Harry Suver and Eileen Suver nee Kelly. She was happy growing up on their farm on the Dolor Way, surrounded by her family including brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles. She graduated from Lourdes Academy, Ellensburg High School, and Ellensburg Normal School (now CWU). After earning her teaching certificate at the age of 20, she began her new life, away from all she knew in Eastern Washington, at a small school on Puget Island near the mouth of the Columbia River. She taught there for two years but returned to Ellensburg for the summer months. Fearful of becoming an "old maid school teacher", on an island populated mostly by Norwegian fishermen, she left to continue studies toward her degree and fifth year. She spent this time at the University of Washington and lived at Newman House. Her next teaching job lead her to Hoodsport on the Hood Canal. While there, her principal introduced her to his hunting and fishing buddy Claude Wood. They married in Ellensburg on August 1, 1940. She was no longer an old maid school teacher! After a time, they moved to Centralia where they raised their three children. She mostly devoted herself to being a fine wife and mother but did spend some years substitute teaching in the public schools and also at St. Mary's Grade School and St. Joseph's Grade School. Her husband Claude died unexpectedly in 1969. After that, she completed her fifth year certificate at St. Martin's College and began teaching at Jefferson Lincoln Elementary. She retired in 1978. During retirement, she traveled several times to Europe, and to China, Australia, South America and the Middle East. She also explored our own America. She gardened, sewed, played bridge and enjoyed her growing family and circle of friends. Besides serving her parish of St. Mary's, she tutored adults in ESL. Gone before her marked with the sign of faith, besides her parents and husband, are her brother, John Suver, son, John Wood, and great granddaughters, Chloe and Clara Wood. She is survived by her brother Chet Suver, and sister-in-law, Betty. She is also survived by her daughter, Claudia, and son-in-law Glenn Wade and their children, Christina (Martin) Stanborough and Brian (Teri) Wade. She is also survived by her daughter, Mary, and son-in-law, Bryan Evenson, and their daughter Emily (Nathan) Fulfs. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Ellen Wood, and children Margaret (Shane) Campbell and Joel (Addie) Wood. In addition to five great grandchildren, she is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Vigil Service will be Sunday March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Keith & Keith Funeral Home. Viewing will be on Sunday from noon to 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Monday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral Chapel with burial service at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ellensburg. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Sisters of Saint Dominic of Tacoma, 935 Fawcett Ave. S. Tacoma, WA 98402. The family would like to thank: all the nurses and caregivers at Chandler House, but especially Irene, Lila, and Maria for their compassionate, cheerful, and willing care of our Mom. Your kindness has been a great solace to us.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2013
  • Rosary Service Sunday, March 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 11, 2013

Mary Geraldine Wood

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elizabeth rucker

March 30, 2013

With such fond memories of a great and godly woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss.
Liz ( McCarthy ) Rucker

I have so many memories i would not know where to start as I knew Mrs. Wood for about 50 years. Mary and I became friends in the 4th grade and Mrs. Wood was teaching there at St. Marys. I thought it was really "something " to have a mom that was a teacher. When I visited at their home it was always so peaceful so different from my home with 5 children, later 8. I loved playing with Mary, undisturbed by little brothers and with playthings that had not been "abused" or destroyed.
Of course Mary liked coming to my house for the very reason that it was not quiet....EVER!
I remember once Mary and Mrs. Wood took me to see a play in Seattle. It was a Shakespeare, but I don't remember which one. A very young Richard Chamberlain was a king or something.
On the way up in the car as a snack in the car we had apples and cheese, a combination I had never had and Mary said that they had started having it after their trip to Germany they had just come back from. Mrs. Wood was always expanding our experiences !!!
I will never forget when I was about 14 I dressed as an old lady and was doing this skit the nuns had taught me for a few neighbors. When I went to Gerry's house I just knocked on the door with my cane. She did not recognize me of course, so she slowly reached up to lock the screen door while asking me " may I help you ?"
She got the biggest kick out of it when Mary convinced her she could let me in to do my scary dirge.
So many memories !! My parents loved and respected Gerry so much. For my father she was an intellectual equal that he could have lengthy conversations with, for my Mom she was a mentor and a dear friend. When my Mom and I were traveling back to Washington after my Dad had died in Idaho, she just had to stop and see Gerry. She was at the Chandler Home. She asked about dad,and we said he was skiing. There was no reason to upset her.
We made one more trip to see Gerry a few years back and I wish we had done it again before Mom started feeling poorly.
Mom never stopped asking about Gerry up to the last few weeks of her life, so now I know they are enjoying their time together, all of them.
This was wordy but I wanted to write a few things remembering such a lovely lady in my life.
Liz Rucker