Merle Louette Wood passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2018. She was 93 years old.
She was born to Ray and Effie Hillier on Dec. 3, 1924 in Alhambra, Calif. She married Clyde Wood on April 4, 1948.
They had three children: Bonnie, John and Connie.
She was always involved with her children’s schools and other volunteer activities.
One of the activities before she moved to Mariposa was the San Gabriel Orchid Society where she practiced the art of corsage making.
In 1975, Merle and Clyde, with daughter Connie, moved from Alhambra to Mariposa. Merle and Clyde became involved with Master Gardening and Master Food Preserving, 4-H, Mariposa County Fair, Library Book Store, docent at the museum, Sierra Hiking Senior’s Club and numerous other clubs and activities.
Merle was known in recent years as the Fair Ribbon Lady, the Book Store Lady and the Yard Sale Lady. These are just a few of Merle’s accomplishments. She was probably one of Mariposa’s most known volunteers. Merle said that when she moved to Mariposa, she felt like she had come home.
Merle is survived by son John Wood of Tillamook, Ore.; daughters Bonnie Bean (Greg) and Connie Givens (David); grandchildren Darcy Thompson (Leo), Sherry Mitchell, Lynn Rumfelt (Tim) and Vernon R. Givens; great grandchildren Elizabeth Hurtado, Daniel McCullough, Kim Thompson, Rachel Whitworth (Clayton), Rebekah Thompson, Kathleen Mitchell, Matthew Thompson and Lily Rumfelt; great-greatgranddaughter Emmersyn “Emmy” Whitworth, all of Mariposa; and great-granddaughter Annette Talford (Lamont) of Fresno.
Merle was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Wood, and her brother, Robert Hillier.
Merle donated her body to medical teaching and research.
The best way to honor Merle’s memory would be to donate your time. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please consider the Friends of the Library or the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.
Since Merle always loved pot lucks, please join us at pot luck to celebrate her life on July 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Bootjack Stompers Hall.