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Verna Dean Wood

Mrs. Verda Dean Wood, age 91, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2023, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born August 28, 1932, in Mena, Arkansas, to parents, Henry “Bill” Guy Patrick and Rossie Elbert (Swiger) Patrick.

Mrs. Wood was the bookkeeper and owner of the Wood Oil Company by profession, working alongside her husband, Aaron G.H. Wood, whom she was married to for 52 years until his passing. Verda was a graduate of the Acorn High School in 1950, she was very fond of her alma mater and attended every reunion she could. Verda grew up in the Great Depression, a fact that she often attributed to helping her become the person she was, she was also known as a very talented cook, she leaves behind many treasured and cherished recipes. While her health permitted, Mrs. Wood was a faithful attendee of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church, even after she was unable to attend church services, she tuned in every Sunday to the radio broadcast of the Services. Verda enjoyed her time at the cottages, but her greatest joy of all was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by her loving husband, Aaron G.H. Wood; parents, Henry “Bill” Guy Patrick and Rossie Elbert (Swiger) Patrick, and by her brother, Clyde Patrick. She is survived by her daughter, Tamara Henry and husband Gregg; grandchildren, Lauren Gage and husband Devin, Christopher Henry and wife Kristin; great-grandchildren, Damen Gage and Blaire Henry; many honorary grandchildren too numerous to mention, and by special honorary grandchildren, Dillon and Derrick.

Graveside services for Mrs. Wood will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at the Pinecrest Memorial Park, in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Arlon Faught will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general. Honorary pallbearers are Derrick Gage and Dillon Gage.

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