Obituary: Elizabeth 'Betty' Anne Wood, 85, of New London

Elizabeth "Betty" Anne Wood
Posted: Nov. 21, 2018 1:22 pm

Elizabeth "Betty" Anne Wood, 85, of New London, passed away at 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at her home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Victor Keefe Jr. will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Louisiana.

Friends and family are invited to Betty's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Betty was born March 15, 1933, in Merchantville, N.J. to Thomas William and Mary Elizabeth Foley Rebyak.

She was married to Bobby Gene Wood on April 14, 1950 in Elizabeth City, N.C. He preceded her in death Sept. 7, 2010.

Survivors include her children, Judith Lloyd (John) of Wellington, Kan., Karen Wood of Rolla, Elizabeth Rehmer (Tim) of Sedalia, Thomas Wood (Cyndi) of New London, Tanya Taylor (Jeff) of New London and Paul Wood (Sherry) of Hannibal; one brother, William Rebyak; and two sisters, Eleanor Giordano, and Mary Ellen Pollock. Also surviving are 42 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Wood; three brothers, Thomas Rebyak, George Rebyak and Lawrence Rebyak.

Betty began working at the Ashburn Post Office in 1976, she later retired in 1995 after serving as Postmaster for many years.

Betty took pleasure in scrapbooking, crafting, stamp collecting and painting. A talented painter, she did oil paintings that she would give as Christmas gifts to her family. She also enjoyed going on trips, whether to the beach at the Jersey Shore or visiting Germany or staying in the Pocono Mountains. Betty was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, with Yadier Molina being her favorite player. A wonderful cook, Betty made the best chicken and dumplings. Along with her husband, Bobby Gene, Betty was instrumental in helping to start the Ashburn Fire Department. Betty continued to support the fire department, through the years volunteering for fundraising efforts whenever she could. Most of all, Betty, cherished the time she spent with her family.

Betty was a Catholic by faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ashburn Fire Department.

Pallbearers will be Sasha Wood, Thomas Wood, Bobby Hagelstein, Michael Lloyd, Douglas Hampton and Jeff Taylor.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Betty's grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at


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