June 8, 1922 ~ November 25, 2011
Margaret Marie (Layer) Wood was born on June 8, 1922 to Fred and Florence (Pannwitt) Layer. She was the older of two children, and was preceded in death by her brother Paul. Margaret was born and raised in Nokomis, Illinois. She attended Cornell College in Iowa, and was excited to work as a social worker for the Red Cross, in the big city of Chicago, upon her graduation. She flew to various parts of the country assisting people affected by natural disasters. While in Chicago, she met Kenneth Wood, and the two were married in 1952. Together they had two children, Paul and Diane. Ken died as the result of an auto accident in 1968, and Margaret was left to raise two teenagers on her own. She went back to school for classes in early childhood education, and worked as a teacher's aide in Special Education for many years. She did a wonderful job of parenting, and of managing money, so that the family could stay in their home, and her children could go to college. Margaret was a long time member of the Riviera United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and participated actively in many committees. She was also active in the PTA, winning the lifetime achievement award at Montemalaga Elementary School. She was a Cub Scout den mother, an assistant leader with the Girl Scouts, and active in Little League baseball. Many remember Margaret for her welcoming spirit. When she moved to the Canterbury 3 years ago, she became the hospitality chairwoman for her building, taking prospective residents to lunch, and gaining information about them so that they could be officially welcomed in the Canterbury newsletter. She is survived by son Paul (KarenVance) Wood, daughter Diane (Mark) Rehfield, and grandchildren Jeff Wood, and Michelle, Julie, and Lisa Rehfield. A memorial service will be held at Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, on December 17 at 11 am, with a reception to follow.
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