Grace Elizabeth Douce Wood Mack

October 27, 1923 ‒ February 29, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Words just do not do justice to describe this classy and vibrant woman, Grace Elizabeth Douce Wood Mack, who peacefully entered Heaven on Monday afternoon, February 29, 2016, at the Presidential Center with her loving family by her side.

On October 27, 1923, Grace was born at home in Marion, Ohio, with her twin brother, Warren, the daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred (Howison) Douce.  She attended Marion Harding Schools.

One night at a dance in Richwood, Grace found a great dancing partner in her husband to be, Donald Wood, whom she married on May 28, 1944.  Together they enjoyed boating and showing ponies at the Marion County Fair.  They shared over twenty seven years of marriage, having two sons: Larry and Donald Robert; and later being surprised by a daughter, Cherrie.  He preceded her in death on November 29, 1971.

In addition to being a loving homemaker for her husband and children, Grace and Don had the foresight to build a restaurant across the street from the busy Wells Store and later the Marion Plaza.  Don built the store himself, and they named it the Plaza View Drive In Restaurant.  Her excellent cooking brought in guests from all around, but it was her special pies that made her and her restaurant unforgettable.

Getting a second chance at love, Grace was blessed with another wonderful man to share her life with, James L. Mack, whom she married in 1980.  During their nineteen years together, they enjoyed many travels both by plane and by motor home.  He too preceded her in death on January 20, 1999.

A woman of faith, Grace was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church.

Very creative, Grace had a knack and flare to make everything special.  She especially loved making extravagant Halloween costumes, and would go as far as training an actual duck to walk in a parade as part of a costume in hopes of earning first prize.  More recently, she enjoyed making her own unique ear rings out of seeds.  She also loved crocheting blankets for her family who was near and dear to her heart.

Always dressed to impress, Grace was an exceptionally classy woman, who would light up the room with her personality and heartwarming smile.  She was a social butterfly, who never missed an event.  She had a special way about her…she could talk with anyone on any walk of life.  She made cherished friendships everywhere she went in life!

Most important of all to Grace was her family!  She was so proud of each and every one of them…she was their biggest fan!  She loved them unconditionally, and they always knew they could count on her to be there for them.

Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Larry (Pat) Wood, Donald Robert Wood, and Cherrie (Joe) Field; seven grandchildren: Dr. Karriann Wood, Angie Wood (David) Franklin, Robert Shane (Angie) Wood, Rev. Keith (Kathy) Irey, Preston Wood Field, Chelsea Elizabeth (Adam) Hesler, and Kendra Joelle (fiancé Brice Hall) Field; a sister, Martha Douce Maniaci; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husbands and parents, Grace was preceded in death by her three siblings: Donald (Maxine) Douce, Dale (Millie) Douce, and her twin Warren (Lucille) Douce; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Maniaci.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4th, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church (address below).  Services celebrating her life and spirit will also be held there at 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 5th, with Pastors Kevin Kehn and her grandson Keith Irey officiating.  Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302.

Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Grace’s family and your favorite memories and sympathies may be shared with them by visiting

  • Love and prayers to all of you!! I will miss Grace’s sweet smile, her hugs, and her love of life. She was a special lady.

  • Larry and Cherri and family,
    Dan and I are so sad to hear of your loss. My stepfather Carl a Granger ( now deceased) always spoke so highly of your Mother. He introduced your Mom to me once but never had an opportunity to know her. In the short introduction and conversation she simply radiated a love for life, friends and family. I that short time it became obvious she was a very special lady. You were blessed to have her as your Mother. A person like your Mother leaves behind so many happy memories that will make you smile again and again. May God watch over each of you and offer you peace and comfort

  • Larry, Pat & Families
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of your loving Mom. Keep those
    great memories alive. Prayers are with you all.
    Becky Jacobs Rynders
    Abilene, TX

  • Our prayers and love to you as you deal with the loss of your dear mother and grandmother. Keep the cherished memories in your hearts. We love you.

  • No one could make you feel happier, prettier or more loved than Miss Grace. I will forever envy her zest for life and her strength, above all – her strength. The class and resolve she displayed as tragedies unfolded throughout her life was enviable. I am certain she lived a long life on earth because she was so needed by so many. Her love of family was evident, as was the twinkle in her eye. She would make a stranger feel welcomed into the folds of her own family. She certainly has earned her place in heaven and the right to rest peacefully in the glory of God forever. We should all be a little more like Grace – happy, glamorous, charitable, strong and an example of living life to the fullest in God’s image. I love the Field Family as my own and will grieve and celebrate with them! Thank you Grace!!!

  • Cherri and Family,
    You were so blessed with a wonderful mother and friend who gave her life for her family. she will be missed . My thoughts and prayer are with all of you. Rich and Sandy Early Love you Cherri!!!!

  • Larry, Pat and Family,

    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

    Marilyn McBeth

  • Larry,Pat and family :
    So sorry to hear of your loss.You will be in our thoughts through this difficult time.

    Love, Beth & Bill

  • Our sincere sympathy to Marilyn McBride and her mother and family. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Fred and Margie Saull

  • Our sincerest sympathies to the family of Grace. She was a friend and one of the most pleasant people to be around. Countless times when I would run in to her around Marion, she would always have the time to come up to me and give me a warm hug and compliment and her time to see how everything is going. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all those whose life she touched.

    Norma & Richard Danner & Family

  • Ben and I were so sorry to hear that Grace had died. Ben new Larry and Don. Prayers to the family. Ben and Peggy Simmons

  • Larry, Pat & Family,

    I was saddened to hear of Grace’s passing. I will always remember how full of life she was, and I will never forget how her infectious laugh could fill a room!! I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Justin Ferguson

  • We are so sorry for your loss of Ms Grace. She was always a gracious person full of life. We love you all. Lewis & Diana

  • Dear Larry and Family,

    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mom. It is not easy to let a parent go at any age. May wonderful memories give you peace and comfort you in the days ahead. Thinking of you.

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother Larry. Thinking of you and Pat and all your family. You are so lucky to have had her in your lives as long as you did. She was a great lady and led a full life.

  • I am sorry to hear about your passing! I remember you from F. Howard Lawson, P.A., i worked there! I remember the Plaza View! RIP and blessings to your family!