Geraldine “Gerri” E. Wood, 80 of Springfield, died at 8:35 am, Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. She was born March 17, 1933 in Springfield, Illinois to Victor and Zenith Heckethorn Pearson. She married Roland Wood on February 9, 1952 and he preceded her in death in January 1986.
Survivors include three daughters, Rhonda (Eric Runkel) Wood, Sheila Smith and Jennifer (Craig) Johnson all of Springfield; one son Dennis (Jessica Greene) Wood of Springfield; fourteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one sister, Norma Estes of Springfield; one brother, Don Pearson of Springfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, David; 2 brothers and four sisters.
Gerri was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Eagles Auxiliary and DAV Women’s Auxiliary. She was an avid supporter and past volunteer of Special Olympics.
She was a care giver to special needs women for the past 28 years. She retired as Bakery Manager at Eagles Food Center.
She enjoyed fishing, gaming, spending time with her grandchildren and many friends at the VFW. She was a diehard Fighting Illini and Cardinals fan.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Gifford officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.