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Evelyn E. Wood

Evelyn E. Wood, 97, died of natural causes May 16 at the Pondera Medical 
Center.

A memorial service will be held June 7 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Conrad. 
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Pondera Funeral Home.

Evelyn was born Feb. 16, 1916, at the Wood homestead 13 miles east of Conrad, to 
Elizabeth and George Wood. She was the fifth of eight children. Her mother trained as a nurse 
in Ireland before marrying George, a Scotsman. When she was small, Evelyn and her sister Elsie often 
stayed with their Aunt Margaret and Joe Stainton, who lived a few miles away. She attended 
grade school two miles from home at the Berland School and graduated from Conrad High School 
in 1934. She graduated from the State Normal College in Dillon and then taught for two years at 
Golden Valley School, 10 miles east of Conrad. She furthered her education at Montana State 
University, receiving a B.S. degree in Botany and Bacteriology in 1941. Following a year 
internship at Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, she became a medical lab technician and 
worked at a medical clinic in Whitefish for seven years in all phases of lab work; then, at Alameda 
County Hospital in Oakland, California for seven years in the hematology department. Illness ended 
her career and she spent many years taking care of her aging parents in Great Falls. She had to 
clean up their home after two floods of the Sun River. In the early 70s, she moved to the Horizon 
Lodge in Conrad. Pondera Medical Center Extended Care was her home for the past eight years.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Women’s organization in Great 
Falls and Conrad. When living in Whitefish, she joined the Order of Eastern Star. She loved to 
grow violets, read the Bible and books and write letters to family. She used to paint, sang in 
the church choir and led an exercise group at Horizon lodge. In her last years, she enjoyed The 
Red Hat Society and loved wearing hats. She had a sweet disposition with a heart of gold.

She was a special aunt to her numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves a sister-in-law Ruby 
Wood of Conrad. She was preceded in death by her parents; and seven siblings, Margaret Ethel 
Opsand of Whitefish, Agnes Jean Wood of Seattle, William Wood of Niarada, Norman Wood of Great Falls, John Wood of Conrad, Mary Elsie Hefty McLean of Spokane and Mabel Feig of Wisconsin.