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Esther Wood

March 27, 1928 ~ October 28, 2021 (age 93)


Esther Fisher Hanby Wood, 93, loving wife of the late Odell Raymond Wood, Sr. passed away on October 28 at The Village at Woods Edge in Franklin, VA. Born on March 27, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Eva Wilkins Hanby and William Fisher Hanby. She was predeceased by her son, Charles Michael Wood and son-in-law H. B. Bryant.

Esther graduated from Cape Charles High School.  She was a farmer’s wife and full-time home maker.  She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. Esther loved to cook and was known for her chicken salad and sour cream pound cakes. She also loved cats and gave a good home to many.

Left to cherish Esther’s memory are her daughter, Anne Wood Bryant of Franklin, son Odell Raymond Wood, Jr. (Julita) of Cherrystone and Peter Gates of Richmond. Esther had six grandchildren, Erin Bruchert (Kevin), Hilary Dwight (Nathan), Carrie Kulick, Trish Bell (Jay), Hank Bryant (Vickie) and Wendy Harrison, twelve great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to the staff at The Village at Woods Edge for the loving care they gave Esther during her 5 ½ year stay at the facility, especially the staff of the memory care unit during the last two years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held, Monday, November 1, 2021 at 1:00 PM at St. Charles Catholic Church with Fr. J. Michael Breslin officiating.  Interment will follow in Cape Charles Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church, 545 Randolph Avenue, Cape Charles, VA 23310 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Arrangements made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles, Virginia.

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Mass of Christian Burial
November 1, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Charles Catholic Church
545 Randolph Avenue
Cape Charles, Virginia 23310

Interment following funeral service
November 1, 2021

Cape Charles Cemetery

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