Life­time of devo­tion, decades of craft

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Though she doesn’t get out as much as she used to, Wood still finds a way to sup­port the min­istry through craft­ing.

She makes the crafts and sells them to sup­port the SCN mis­sion to help those less for­tu­nate.

Wood was born and raised in St. Mary’s County, but has lived sev­eral years in Ken­tucky as a Sis­ter of Char­ity of Nazareth. On Oct. 11, Wood cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day and 39 fam­ily mem­bers trav­eled to Nazareth to cel­e­brate with her.

She is one of nine chil- dren. Her sib­lings are Chip, Boonie, Bill, Archie and Ag­gie Wood and Louise Abell, Mandy Green- well and Marie Hill.

Cro­chet­ing is a skill she learned from her sis­ter, stand­ing be­hind her chair to learn the pat­terns. The sim­pler dish­cloth pat­terns are her fa­vorite, she said, be­cause it’s re­lax­ing. But she’s also up for a chal- lenge. Some of the other items she’s made in­clude dec­o­ra­tive Christ­mas can- dles — a fa­vorite among the cam­pus — as well as hats, sta­tion­ary hold­ers, door signs, sea­sonal tow- els, coast­ers, dec­o­ra­tions and baby blan­kets.

“Baby afghans, I’ve made hun­dreds of them, but it takes longer,” she said. “They take about a week. I get to them when I can, when I’m not pray- ing or go­ing to Mass and meals.”

Her cre­ations and ma­te­ri­als fill draw­ers and cab­i­nets around her room, many ready for those who or­dered them.

Wood said a group that of­ten vis­its from Chat­tanooga has been a re­peat cus­tomer and re­cently or­dered nearly $200 in items.

“More than they’ve ever bought be­fore,” she said.

The sis­ter stays on top of her or­ders with the sup­port of her fam­ily and friends, es­pe­cially a niece in Alabama who helps keep her sup­plied.

“If I tell her I need some green yarn or blue yarn or some­thing else, it’s in the mail in two days,” she said.

She is grate­ful, she said, that she has a fam­ily that wants to be in­volved in her min­istr y work, too.

The work is just an ex- am­ple of how Wood has con­trib­uted to Nazareth dur­ing her time there.

Born and raised in Holly- wood, Wood took her first vows in 1935 as a teenager.

“There was a sis­ter who taught me,” Wood re­called. “The things she told us about the reli­gious life, I felt the call­ing.”

She served as a cook and kitchen su­per­vi­sor at dif­fer­ent min­istries in both Mary­land and Ken­tucky, an ironic as­sign­ment that ul­ti­mately laid the foun­da­tion for her cro­chet­ing.

“I was young, I didn’t know how to cook, so I had to carry a cook­book around with me,” she laughed. Grow­ing up with eight sib­lings, Wood had sev­eral older sis­ters who took on the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the kitchen, so she hadn’t learned. But she picked up on it along the way, be­ing tasked to cook for about 100 sis­ters and sev­eral col­lege and Catholic stu­dents at Nazareth.

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