Rosemary Rebecca Parsons Wood, 88, of Salisbury, NC passed away peacefully on March 23, 2017 with family members by her side. Rosemary, formerly of Gauley Bridge, WV, was born May 30, 1928 in Jodie, WV to Joseph E. and Minnie E. Parsons.
Rosemary was a faithful and dedicated employee of Cannelton Industries, a coal company in WV, where she worked as a secretary/typist for 40 years until her retirement in 1990. She was a member of Gauley Bridge Methodist Church and sang alto in the choir in her younger days. She enjoyed bowling and bowled on a league for a period of time in her mid-years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword and other word puzzles. She was a hard worker and in addition to her full-time job, she was primary caregiver for her aged mother and her disabled husband for many years. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly and was always proud of their accomplishments through the years. She liked living in North Carolina but West Virginia was always "home." She loved the West Virginia mountains, especially during the change of seasons.
Rosemary was the fifth of eight children born to Joseph E. and Minnie E. Parsons. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Harrison Wood; sisters: Marjorie (Sparks) and Fairy (Wriston); brothers: Frank, Joseph "Jay" and Larry. Surviving family members left to cherish her memory include: sisters, Evelyn Parrish (Bob), Elizabeth "Kay" Femia; daughters, Rosanna McGraw Mundy (Jim), Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Cottrell (David); grandchildren, Brianna Mundy, James Bretton Mundy, Megan Cottrell, Halie Cottrell; great-grandchild, Alanna Smith. She is also survived by a myriad of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Service: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Faith, NC with visitation for family and friends being conducted from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Service will be conducted by Dr. Charles Brawley and Rev. Tim Barnette.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 or Faith Baptist Church (building fund) P.O. Box 84, Faith, NC 28041.
Powles Staton Funeral Home is assisting the Wood family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.