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Sharon “Sherry” Y. Wood, 80, of Midland, passed away on August 7, 2019. She was born at Smith Hospital in Alma, MI on April 2, 1939 to the late Harley and Merle (Pratt) Vinton.

While in grade school Sharon was involved in the Jr. High Band as a drum majorette and in cheerleading. She moved to Midland in 1953 where she was a cheerleading co-captain for Central Intermediate. She went on to cheer for Midland High School and was also the Secretary of her Sophomore Class. She graduated in 1957.

In 1957 she married the love of her life, Ivan Wood, on December 24th, while Ivan was in the Marine Corps. They had their first son, Ivan while stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. After returning to Midland in 1960, they purchased a home in Homer Twp. and had two more sons, Michael and Matthew both of Midland.

Sharon was in Big Sisters, was a Cub Scout Leader, taught Sunday school and served as secretary at Homer United Methodist Church while raising her sons. She was always thankful that she was able to stay home and raise her sons until they were in junior high and high school. Sharon went on to be a receptionist/insurance secretary for Dr. Heffernan and Holland in 1975 and started working for Dow High School in 1977, retiring in 1996 as Supervising Secretary in the Main Office. She attended Delta College in 1982 and 1983, and was privileged to take golf lessons with her father when he retired at age 65 for her PE requirement.

After retiring Sharon swam regularly at the Community Center, was a member of Lunch Box Learners for Chippewassee, served in the office Caregiving Network, volunteered as a Yellow Lady on the cancer floor of the Midland Hospital and acted as leader of Hands of Hope at Homer United Methodist. Sharon’s hobbies included reading, sewing, crocheting, hand quilting, flower gardening and doing stained glass, especially lampshades. Sharon was also known as the “Cookie Grandma” sharing hundreds of her famous cookies throughout the years at her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, church functions, and with family and friends.   Everyone who was lucky enough to enjoy one of her cookies said they were the very best and she truly had a gift. She loved her husband and children deeply and was always so proud of them.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Ivan, children, Ivan (Lori), Mike (Kim), Matt (Susan Wood) , grandchildren; Amanda, Michael, Alyssa Fredell, Samantha (Joe Behling), Alexandra, Jesseca, great grandchildren; Rylee, Alexis, Cayden, Adriana, Sawyer, Mason, Kayleen, John, Kayleiana, Cain and one brother, Pastor Larry Vinton and his wife Betty of Acworth, GA. Sharon was predeceased by one granddaughter, Ashley.

A funeral Service will take place at Homer United Methodist Church on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Ernesto Marina officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, August 12, 2019, at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 4-7 pm, and at the church on Tuesday, from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Homer Twp. Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. On line condolences may be left at smithminer.com.

 

 

 

Condolence Messages

  1. Pam Ayers

    13 August 2019 2 months ago

    Mr. Wood and family,

    I want you all to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sherry was a very special lady that I always enjoyed working with, she will be missed.

  2. Kellie Froelicher

    12 August 2019 2 months ago

    Dear Wood Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  3. David Dieterle

    11 August 2019 2 months ago

    To the Woods family, my deepest sympathy. She was a fine lady and a wonderful Skytop neighbor. I enjoyed our times together at the lake. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Woods family.

  4. Harold & Sharon Riggie

    11 August 2019 2 months ago

    It has always been a pleasure to visit with our neighbor Sherri & Ivan who live next door. We will miss her smiling face as she worked in the yard. I will always remember a day in the side yard when she & I talked and cried over loosing close family members. Our son Wayne & her granddaughter Ashley. We agreed that God knows best. Harold & Sharon Riggie.

  5. Judy Brown

    10 August 2019 2 months ago

    There are no words to describe the loss of this beautiful woman, inside and out!
    She was a good friend and I will miss her. Her and her whole family are like family to me.

  6. Judy Brabaw

    09 August 2019 2 months ago

    Sherry will be very much missed. She and her husband Ivan would come and see my husband and I and she would always try and keep us in good spirits. Her family can always be proud of what a kind and caring person she was, even when she wasn’t doing well herself, she always thought of others. She even brought some of her yummy cookies sometimes. Bill always enjoyed them a lot. I will be keeping you all in my prayers, Ivan, Ivan Jr., Mike and Matt.

  7. Judy Brabaw

    09 August 2019 2 months ago

    Sherry will be very much missed. She and her husband Ivan came to see my husband and I and she would always try and keep us in good spirits. Her family can always be proud of what a kind and caring person she was, even when she wasn’t doing well herself, she always thought of others. She even brought some of her yummy cookies that Bill always enjoyed a lot. I will be praying for you all, Ivan Ivan Jr., Mike and Matt.

  8. Barb Olinghouse

    09 August 2019 2 months ago

    I worked with Sherry at Caregiving Network and enjoyed her so much. Missed her when she left. Sending my sympathy to her family.

  9. A.H. Bradley

    09 August 2019 2 months ago

    I am greatly saddened by news of Sherry’s passing. Our world will be grayer without Sherry here and she and her family will always be in our hearts and prayers. GOD Bless — AH Bradley

  10. Carol Lewin

    09 August 2019 2 months ago

    Wood family,
    I was so deeply saddened to learn that Sherry lost her health battle. What a simply wonderful woman, one whom I just loved. She was a mother to all of us on staff at HHD HS. I will never forget her. I’m sure this is such a difficult life passage for all of you. You were blessed to have her in your family. I cannot be with you at her service as I am currently traveling in Brazil however rest assured I am with you in spirit. I’ll never forget her bright face that was always smiling.

    My most heartfelt condolences at this very difficult time.

    Love, Carol Lewin

  11. Edward and Paula Grubb

    09 August 2019 2 months ago

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, Ivan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  12. Richard Vinton

    09 August 2019 2 months ago

    So sorry to hear of her passing … have remained in contact with Sharon and Ivan for many years … our thoughts are with you Ivan and the family …

    Captain and Mrs Richard Vinton, USMC, Retired

  13. Jane Oberhellman

    08 August 2019 2 months ago

    I so enjoyed working for Mrs. Wood for three years in The Counseling Center at Dow High School. A lovely lady and mentor, with an unforgettable laugh and smile. Each time I saw Mrs. Wood out and about following graduation, I would make mention of how she shaped my career choice in Office Management.
    My sincere sympathy to Mike, Kim and the entire family.
    Jane (Roberts) Oberhellman
    HH Dow High – Class of ‘81

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