Mattie E. Wood, age 96 of Dell Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.
Mattie Dexter was born in Ward Township, Moody County, to Thomas and Laura Anderson Dexter. She was raised on the family farm and attended school in Ward. At age 22 she married Russell Fox in Flandreau, and four children were born. She was widowed at the age of 26. Her sister and her parents pitched in and helped her with the four children. Later she moved to Sioux Falls, and that was her home until moving to Dell Rapids. In 1947 she met and married Elon A. Wood from Ohio. He preceded her in death in 1999. During her years in Sioux Falls, she worked for Morrells for over 30 years. She made many lifelong friends during her years there. After retirement, she went to work for Hy-Vee Foods, and worked there until her 90th birthday. She loved her job, and all the people she met. No matter where she worked she always did her best.
During her lifetime she endured many tragedies but she never lost her faith, and always did her best. She was well loved and will be missed by many.
Mattie is survived by two daughters: Kim of Dell Rapids and Mary Ann of Spokane, WA; five grandchildren: Regan, Erin, CP, April and Beau; and nine great grandchildren: Haley, Allie, Annie, Michael, Matt, Jaden Patrick, Diamond, Destiny and Lenny.
She is preceded in death by three children, Gerald, Kathie and Jim; her parents; and three siblings,Valeda, Eldon and Lee.
Her funeral service was held April 22 in the Kahler Funeral Home Chapel in Dell Rapids with Chris Kringen officiating. Interment in Union Cemetery, Flandreau.