Dorothy Alice Wood

05/21/1911 — 11/21/2006

From Arlington, VA, US | Born in Des Moines, Iowa

Dorothy Alice Wood

Dorothy Wood was born in Des Moines, Iowa May 21, 1911 to Lester and Hattie Spencer Hufford. In 1913, her parents acquired a dry cleaning firm in Albia, Iowa, where she grew up. She was a straight A student throughout her educational career. In 1932, she graduated from the University of Iowa in romance languages. For the next eight years, she taught English and history at Albia High School. She met Voyle Wood on a bus in 1935. They were married on June 29, 1940, and immediately moved to Clinton, Iowa where he worked for DuPont. The war took them to Indian Head, Maryland, Salt Lake City, Utah where their son Warren was born, and Richland in 1944, where Voyle was one of the original supervising engineers on the Hanford Project.

She made a comfortable home for her family in the new desert town, at 1426 Farrell Lane. In 1948, they moved to her longtime home at 1627 Horn. Dorothy taught Sunday School and served in other capacities at Central U. P. Church until 1980, when she joined the LDS Church. There, she taught the mid-week Relief Society lessons. She also volunteered for the Red Cross and other causes in Richland.

Dorothy was a voracious reader, and enjoyed gardening while her health permitted. Her greatest trial was the loss of her son Warren in an auto accident on Snoqualmie Pass in 1965. Voyle died in 1979. She looked forward to their reunion, with a firm faith in Christ and the promises of scripture.

The following, from her grandmother Spencer’s 1924 obituary, also applied to her: “As a neighbor, a citizen and a friend, she was loved, honored and respected by all who knew her. As a wife and mother, she was kind and loving, always devoted to her home and family.

“Thus are the aged passing. Through their far-reaching lives, we are brought into intimacy with the past. Cherish them while we may, for none can take their place. As their natural pleasures grow less, let those of art be multiplied, and should their joys be found in their children, forbid that they should be embittered by any unworthy act of ours.”

As Dorothy’s gentle heart weakened this month, she expressed the desire to “go to the blessed land.” She passed peacefully into eternity on November 21, 2006 at the home of her son Barry & daughter in law Virginia who cared for her in recent years in Arlington, Virginia. She also leaves daughter Juanita Timm Bob, Okanogan, Wash.; grandchildren Nathan Wood JoAnn and Jonathan Wood Emily, Caldwell, Id.; Warren Wood Mel, Mesa, Ariz.; Sarah Wood, Rose-Ellen W. Farmer Tyler, Provo, Utah; Christian and Roland Wood, Arlington; Crispin Timm, Spokane, and Sarah Ann Timm, Seattle; great grandchildren Avalee, Lincoln, Maxine and Wesley Wood, and many friends.

Visitation will be from 5-8 pm Friday at Einan’s Funeral Home, Hwy 240 and Swift. A celebration of her life will be held at the LDS Chapel, 1321 Jadwin, at 1 pm Saturday. All are welcome.

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  • Barry,

    My sympathy at the loss of your dear mother. 95 years is a pretty good run, though. I would like to say hello after all these years and hopefully meet your wife and family. Will you be at the viewing tonight and/or the services on Saturday?


    Suzan Foster Wiberg
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US