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- July 17, 2017
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Stella Virginia Gladys Wood sadly left us with heavy hearts to be with the Lord, July 17, 2017 after a brief stay at the Royal University Hospital. Stella was born July 17, 1925 in Bridgend, South Wales. She was the eldest daughter of a family of five to Sydney and Gladys Hopkins. She worked as a Cashier Receptionist until she was united in marriage on August 9, 1943 to Elmer Wood. Stella arrived in Kenaston, SK on January 1945 as the 1st war bride in Kenaston. Elmer joined them in 1945 and they set up their first home in Melfort, SK. In 1949 they moved back to England and stayed until 1952 when they came back to Canada to live in Davidson, SK. Stella and her husband set up a mechanic business in Girvin, SK in 1956. Stella was very active in the community. She helped in chaperoning school activities, working on the church board, teaching Sunday school, being active in the choir and president of the United Church Women. They enjoyed many years as Square and Round Dance instructors, twice a month traveling to various communities Penzance, Holdfast, Liberty, Stalwart, Findlater, Tugaske and Lucky Lake, as well as Jamborees at Waskesiu and Kenosee Lakes. In 1971, they sold the business and moved to Melfort for a short 2 years where she worked as a hotel clerk in a local hotel. They moved to Yorkton in 1973 where Stella worked at the Yorkton Hotel. Stella retired after 19 years and joined the ladies auxiliary to the Canadian Legion in 1988. Serving as president from 1994 to 1996. Stella had many hobbies and interests such as flowers, gardening, knitting, sewing, travelling, camping, golfing biking, hiking, cruise ship vacations, and various driving vacations across Canada and the USA. Stella moved to Saskatoon, SK in 2006 to be closer to family after Elmer’s death.
Stella is survived by her eldest daughter Monette (Bob) Palmer - Bladworth, SK; youngest daughter Virginia (Vinson) Johnson - Saskatoon, SK; two grandchildren Nathan (Camilla) Johnson – Warren, MB; and Sharman (Tyler) Mack - Saskatoon, SK; four great-grandchildren Ellaria & Ayrianna Johnson – Warren, MB; and Reese & Karsyn Mack - Saskatoon, SK; one sister Doreen Patrick (Great Britain), one brother-in-law Lorne (Bernie) Wood, one sister-in-law Alice Thompson, sister-in-law Dolly Hopkins (Great Britain), and many nieces and nephews in Canada and Great Britain. Stella was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Elmer Wood, parents Sydney and Gladys Hopkins, her only son Kenneth, Sister Monica (Tony) Clements, brothers Kenneth Hopkins & Irvine Hopkins, sister-in-law Marjorie Wood, brothers-in-law Jim Thompson, Ralph Patrick, Thomas Wood and one niece Lynn Thompson.
Her family was very important to her, as well as our happiness and well-being. We are very fortunate for the length of time we had with her, and the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.
At Stella’s request no funeral service will be held. Instead an intimate family graveside service will take place.