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Service Details

Visitation:

Monday, July 17, 2017
10-12 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

Service:

Monday, July 17, 2017
12:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

Disposition:

Burial
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery

Arrangements:

Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Metilda Wood

Des Moines

After circling the sun 94 times, Metilda R. “Tillie” Wood (nee Sluder) of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her adoring family on July 13, 2017. Tillie was born and raised in Cripple Creek, Colo. June 3, 1923, the oldest of five children who, after their mother died in 1932, was more “mom” than sister, which became her life’s legacy. After “falling in love at first sight” with Robert L. Wood, she moved with him to Des Moines around 1941.

Known as “mom” and “gram” to her family and to anyone fortunate enough to cross paths with her, she was a selfless, loving, caring and devoted mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Some of her favorite things were to spend time with the family she loved, provide whatever she could for those she cared about, beat her son at dominoes, set the phone receiver on the kitchen table when telemarketers started talking, fatten people up with her cherry chocolate cake and spoil her pets. She loved, and was loved, immensely, and she gave endlessly. A caretaker for all, for life.

Tillie leaves to cherish her memories: son Robert L. Wood, Jr. (Frances), daughter Judith Coleman, brother Virgle Sluder, grandchildren Rodney Wood (Cindy), Peter Wood, Jenny Wood (Denise), Nathan Wood (Johanna), great-grandchildren Ronda, Calvin and Naomi, and great-great-grandson Khaos, as well as her numerous special “children”, among them nieces JoyC Stajcar and Vicki McCoy and her special “grandchildren” Melanie Grambal, Roger Johnson, Amie Shine Labus and many more too numerous to name.

Memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the Kidney Foundation may be made in lieu of flowers.

Visitation, Monday, July 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Funeral service, Monday, July 17 at 12:00 p.m.; both at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave., Des Moines. Interment follows at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery with lunch to follow.