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EDITH MARIE WOOD (nee CHRISTENSEN) March 2, 1917 - August 25, 2007 It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt on Saturday, August 25, 2007, at the age of 90 years. Edith is survived by her two children, Tom Wood of Australia and Jim Wood (Diane) of Winnipeg; her grandchildren, Tom Wood, Kevin Wood and Sheree (Jamie) Johnston, all of Australia, Kathryn Wood of Winnipeg, Kimberley Wood (Travis Pennock) of Cobble Hill, BC, and Jonathan Wood of Winnipeg; great-grandchildren, Amy Wood of Winnipeg and Beau Johnston of Australia; and her sister Elsie (Cam) MacLean of Sans Souci, as well as nephews, nieces and their families. Edith was predeceased by her husband Thomas Parrish Wood (1944), her parents Emil and Agnes Christensen (1976 and 1989), her sisters, Gladys Cameron (1943), Gerda Mathieson (1979) and Esther Reitmeier (2006). Born March 2, 1917, in Winnipeg, Edith was the fourth of five daughters born to Emil and Agnes Christensen who had come to Winnipeg from Hjorring, Denmark, in 1907. Edith attended Robert H. Smith School and Kelvin High School and then went on to work (as did everyone in those early days) at Eatons. Edith met Tom Wood at Grand Beach and they married in September 1941. Their first son, Tom, was born in 1942 and their second son, Jim, followed in 1944. Tragically, Edith's husband Tom was killed in action in Holland in early December 1944 and, at the age of 27, Edith became a widow raising her two young sons by herself with the loving support of her family. She returned to the work force when the boys were older and she worked in the office at Mall Medical Group for several years. Edith was a very sociable person who loved bowling and bingo, travel and Scrabble, and the occasional trip to the casino. She bowled for many years with the Maple Leaf Ladies bowling league and she travelled twice to Denmark and Holland (where her husband Tom is buried) and twice to Australia (where her son Tom and his children live). Edith also spent 10 winters in Mesa, Arizona, where she enjoyed her time with a wonderful community of friends who were like family to her. Edith had a great sense of humour and she sincerely believed that laughter is the best medicine. She faced her failing health with courage and strength, always expressing more concern for the health of those around her than her own. We will miss her greatly, but we are grateful to have had her with us for as long as we did. Edith's last two months were joyfully enhanced by having the opportunity to spend time with all of her beloved grandchildren, including those who travelled from Australia and British Columbia to see their Grandma. Her last week was spent in the peaceful serenity of Sans Souci with Elsie, Cam and family. In accordance with her wishes, no funeral service will be held. A private family ceremony was held at the graveside at Elmwood Cemetery on Thursday, August 30, 2007. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends wish, a donation in Edith's memory may be made to a charity of their choice. neil bardal inc (204) 949-2200 www.nbardal.mb.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 31, 2007
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