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Wendy Wood passed away Sunday, August 2nd, in Liberty, Missouri, after a long illness. She was 79. Wendy grew up in Texas and spent her high school years in Springdale, Arkansas, before going to Oberlin, Ohio, where she lived for 20 years. Later, she also lived in Danbury, Connecticut, and the Kansas City, Missouri, area.
A survivor of child abuse, Wendy had a big heart and hated unkindness. Although she struggled with PTSD and other mental health issues, she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University. She published on Northern Renaissance and Ancient Egyptian art, taught at several colleges in Illinois and Ohio, and later worked as an interior designer in Connecticut.
Wendy was married to the composer, Joseph Wood (1915-2000), for eighteen years and was an attentive mother.
She is survived by her daughter, Lorna Wood (Donald Wehrs), of Auburn, Alabama, and by her grandchildren, Sylvia and William Wehrs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to honor Wendy’s life be made to the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.