Thursday, February 18, 2010

Passing of "Grandma" Kay Wood

Hello to all,

A short while back, I shared a bit about "Grandma" Kay Wood. She was a thru-hiker, trail maintainer, co-ordinator, and more. Those of you who have hiked the Appalachian Trail may have stayed in the Kay Wood Shelter, which was built in her honor.

I was pleased to have been asked to make up a ScriptureStick for her, by her friend Judi. I have thought of Kay quite a bit since then, and was praying for her recovery from a recent illness.

Judi contacted me yesterday with the news that Grandma Kay had passed on, and has gone home to be with her Savior. The following is her obituary...

"Katherine C. Wood

1918-2010 DALTON Katherine "Kay" C. Wood, 91, of 38 East Deming St., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Berkshire Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born May 13, 1918, in Dalton, daughter of Chauncey and Cassie U. Stone Corey, she attended East Becket Elementary School and graduated from Chester High School, in 1935.

Mrs. Wood was a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Dalton, where she was a Sunday school teacher, served on the Mission Board, Stewardship Board, and the Women's Scholarship Committee.

Katherine was an accomplished hiker, hiking the complete Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail in Vermont, as well as the 100 highest peaks in New England. As such, she was a worker and volunteer on the Appalachian Trail since the 1960s, as well as serving on the Appalachian Trail committee, as a past chairwoman and volunteer coordinator.

She was predeceased by her husband, William P. Wood, whom she married June 22, 1940, and by three brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Wood leaves her children, Linda Perrault and her husband, Kevin, of Dalton, Gail C. Tiffany and her husband, John, of Shaftsbury, Vt., Lyle Wood and his wife, Harriet, of Weathersfield, Vt.; her sister, Phyllis Bradbury, of Dalton; six granddaughters; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for Katherine "Kay" C. Wood will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Dalton. There will be no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church of Dalton, HospiceCare in the Berkshires, or the Dalton Ambulance Fund, care of the BARTLETT WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, 525 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226. Thoughts and wishes may be sent to"

I will also post the link so that you might go directly to the site.

I hope you will all join Cari and I in praying for her family and friends, in their sorrow...

God Bless,


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