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.