Mary Jean (Sparks) Wood, 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Pioneer Park in Lone Tree. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans Charity or the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Mary was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Bertram, Iowa, the daughter of David F. and Bessie Fern (Comp) Sparks. Her early years were spent in the Bertram and Cedar Rapids areas, graduating from McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids in 1944. She was united in marriage to Enoch "Dick" Wood on Dec. 30, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The couple made their home in North Liberty and she was employed as a cashier in the staff dining room at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Mary was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City.
Mary is survived by her two daughters, Juanita Walker of Lone Tree, and her children, Trisha (Owen) Murray and Shonda Shockley and Jamie Walker; and Sandy Robe and her husband, Steven of Coralville, and their children, Nathan (Melanie), Brandon and Kathryn (Matt) Keller; two sons, Larry Wood and his wife, Robin of Anderson, S.C., and his son, Benjamin (Betsy); Steven Wood and his wife, Laurie of Iowa City, and their children, Philip (Jennifer) and Jennifer (Matt) Ploeger; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Fae Edwards and her husband, Larry of Cedar Rapids; and her brother, David Sparks and his wife, Shirley of Ankeny.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Dennis; husband; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ora Fare, LaVone Lewig and Dorothy Wood; her daughter-in-law, Rosemarie Wood; and a son-in-law, James Walker.
Online condolences may be left at www.lensingfuneral.com.