Louise Shaddox was born June 8, 1930, near the Canadian River at Rodgers Place in Oklahoma, to Curtis and Dovie Massengale Shaddox.
When Louise was in high school, Curtis moved his family to Elmdale, Kansas, where she met Earl Wood. Louise and Earl were married Aug. 11, 1948. They lived in Manhattan, until Earl completed Veterinary School, after which they moved to Marion.
Louise dedicated her life to raising her five children: Michael, Patricia, Susan, Rebecca, and Nancy. Her motherhood role was the perfect outlet to engage her creativity and artistic talent.
Because she was an excellent seamstress, her children were spoiled with tailor made clothes. The house she lived in also benefited, not only from her interior design talent, but also her unique ability to do much of the work herself. There was rarely a task that Louise could not master.
Serving others was Louise’s motivation, and her love for Jesus was her passion. Louise’s wisdom and sharp mind made her a much loved confidant and counselor, not only to her family, but also close friends. Louise served her Lord, her family, and her community until her death, Aug. 15, 2011.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Earl C. Wood, sister Wanda Lambert, brother Dale Shaddox, brother Neal Shaddox, and grandson Daniel Blair Tharp.
Louise is survived by one brother JB Shaddox, of Earlsboro, Okla.; son Michael Wood and wife Marian of Emporia; daughter Patricia Tharp and husband Vincent of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; daughter Susan Melvin and husband Jon of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; daughter Rebecca Wood of Topeka; and daughter Nancy Tharp and husband Blair of Marion; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at Strassburg Baptist Church, Marion, Kansas with Rev. Don Mashburn officiating. Interment was in the Elmdale Cemetery. Memorial funds were established for the Strassburg Baptist Church or the Elmdale Cemetery Association in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 6, Marion, KS, 66861.