Phyllis M. Wood

April 15, 1922 ‒ August 23, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Phyllis Mae Wood, 98, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away after brief illness on August 23, 2020. She was a resident of Willow Brook Christian Village for 16 years, where she inspired the community with energy, joy, gratitude, and friendship.

Mom was born April 15, 1922, in Covington, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late John E. Methven and Helen Aylor Methven.

Phyllis graduated from Middletown High School in 1940. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she met her husband, Richard G. Wood. Her college career was interrupted by WWII and she later finished her teaching degree. She went on to teach high school music and private vocal lessons in the late 1940s and 50s, while raising two boys. She was a lifelong learner, and took courses at University of Cincinnati, Otterbein University, Ohio Dominican, Ohio State University, and Capital University. She continued involvement in book clubs and lecture attendance until last year.

She shared with her grandchildren an unbounded optimism and curiosity about the natural and cultural world. She was a lighthouse to her family and shined a light of open-mindedness on everyone she encountered. Our lives were made incalculably richer and brighter by our mother and Grandmother. We hold her timeless voice and infectious laughter, her love, and her light in our hearts.

She is survived by her son Robert and his partner Cindy of Holt, MI; and three grandchildren: Jeff Wood and his partner Claudia, and great-grandson Cooper, Christy Wood Pritchard and husband James, and great-grandson Django and great-granddaughter Piper, Stephen Wood and wife Lauren and great-granddaughter Josephine Phyllis. Also, sons of John T. Wood (deceased), her grandsons Cory Wood and Richart Wood, and great-granddaughter Lilah.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband Richard (2002) and son John (2010).

Donations may be made by writing a check to “Willow Brook Christian Communities”. Write in memo section of check: “scholarship fund, in memory of Phyllis Wood”.

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Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware, is honored to serve the Wood family.

  • Phyllis was such a nice, fun-loving lady. Her parents, Helen and John, were close
    friends of my family. They will all be sorely missed.

    Dick Lantis
    340 Whittington Drive
    Centerville OH 45459