Dorothy June Hagerty Wood, 80, Kilmarnock, Va., passed away peacefully Feb. 17, 2013, at Commonwealth Assisted Living after a lengthy illness.
Family, friends and staff members are invited to a Celebration of June’s Life at 2 p.m. March 8, 2013, at Commonwealth Assisted Living in Kilmarnock, Va. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be in the spring.
She was born June 21, 1932, in Ottawa, the daughter of Rolla and Dorothy Hagerty, and educated in Ottawa schools, graduating from Ottawa Senior High School in 1950.
Later, working in Topeka, she met Charles E. Wood, an Air Force sergeant stationed at nearby Forbes Air Force Base at a USO dance. They were married Dec. 14, 1951.
June supported her husband’s 20-year Air Force career, moving their growing family to bases in New Mexico, Washington and Texas. Good times were spent with their friends, playing cards, bowling, camping and fishing. Every week, she and Chuck would go dancing at the enlisted club where they often won prizes for the Polka. Following Chuck’s retirement in 1966, they moved to Sacramento, Calif., where Chuck worked for the Civil Service for 20 years. They bought their first and only home in Orangevale, Calif., where she resided until shortly after her husband’s death.
Wherever they were stationed, June always found employment to help support her family. She worked for many years at Mather Federal Credit Union as a loan officer. She became the sole proprietor of Kandi’s Crafts, where she and Chuck sold jewelry that they created from gemstones they found through their many travels rock hounding. June brainstormed and started J&C Stuffing where she and Chuck purchased several stuffing machines, which could more efficiently stuff other crafters’ creations.
As an accomplished seamstress and crafter, she traveled extensively to trade shows across the United States selling beautiful wholesale crafts, which she personally created and decorated. At one point, her products were sold at Disney World in Florida. She also loved to knit, crochet and embroider in her spare time.
Sincere gratitude and appreciation are extended to the staff of Commonwealth Assisted Living in Kilmarnock, Va., Stay at Home Personal Care in Kilmarnock, Va., and Hospice of Virginia who lovingly cared for and gave purpose to June’s life during the past 18 months.
June was predeceased by her husband in October 2005 and her two sons, Charles Jr. in 2001, and Daniel in 2012.
Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Duffett and her husband, Neale, Portland, Maine; daughter-in-law, Connie Wood, Citrus Heights, Calif.; and daughter-in-law, Karen Wood, Orangevale, Calif.; grandchildren, Joseph Wood, Jonathan Wood, Brandon Wood, Jason Wood and Carly Wood; foster granddaughter, Darlene Panzino; and three great-grandchildren. Survivors also include her sisters, Kathy Goddard and her husband, John, Virginia, Thelma Sue Skoog and Anadell Potts, both of Kansas, Edna Jane Craig and her husband, Vernon, Colorado; and Sandy Frasier and her husband, Sid, Nebraska. Another survivor is a special niece, Julie Weicht, Virginia, whose devotion for her aunt was lovingly expressed through the last year and a half of June’s life.
Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock VA 22560.
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