Patricia Wood, 91, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving daughters, on June 15th , 2019.
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Born Patricia Ann Vanderveldt, the second of nine children, in Bayshore, New York, on September 14, 1927, two days before her future beloved husband was born in the adjoining room.
She graduated from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, with a degree in Sociology. Upon returning to Babylon, she became reacquainted with Babylon High School classmate Frederic Wood, and they embarked on their 66 year journey together.
Together with their four children, they made Marietta their home. Patricia embraced all of Marietta as her home and her family, always eager to hear everyone’s story.
An avid gardener and always interested in the natural world and wildlife, she was a dedicated bird watcher, and served on the Marietta Tree Commission for 40 years.
She performed additional volunteer work with the Marietta Welfare League, and served for over two decades as docent at The Castle Historic House Museum.
She enjoyed over a decade working as a real estate agent for McCarthy Real Estate, a job that brought her in contact with people and allowed her to explore more of Marietta and surrounding communities.
Patricia and Frederic thrived during a three year adventure in Saudi Arabia, and ultimately traveled to all seven continents.
She was preceded in death by her son Frederic Jarvis, husband Frederic Searle, and siblings Mary, James, Joseph, Margaret, and Cathe. She is survived by daughters Jessica, of Arlington, Texas; Gwendolyn (Michael) of Miami Lakes, Florida; and Tricia, of Wiesbaden, Germany; grandchildren Charles, Colin, and Emily; and sisters Meg, Susanne, and Stevie Antonia.
Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22nd, at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, Marietta, Ohio. Celebration of life to follow at her home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Marietta Community Foundation, P.O. Box 77, Marietta, Ohio 45750 or to The Castle Historic House Museum, 418 4th Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750.