Note: d help raise the rest of the family. After her mother died she was left alone in the old home place, but she had relatives surrounding her so she was never really alone by her self. If you have ever seen a bee scurrying around you have an idea of how she was, she was always busy. She planted, cultivated, and harvested a huge garden every year until she was 94 years old. After harvest she busied herself canning all sorts of vegetables, berries she had picked. She gathered plums, apples and other sorts of fruits growing near her home. She probably made enough jelly and jam to supply Lauderdale County. She somehow managed to make sure it was all gone by the next year. Her home was always where we stopped when we went visiting, she always had something cooking on the stove. She looked forward to having company, as her sister Daisy had made a deal with her. She had to stay at Daisy's hose during the week and Daisy would stay with her at her home on the weekends. She had a storm cellar cross the road from her house where she stored all her canned goods. One of here nephews was cleaning out this cellar for her one day and had discarded a bunch of old canned food she had stored there for many years. He noticed that one of the jars was an odd color. When he investigated it he discovered that Vertie had been storing her money there and found around $10,000 dollars wound tightly in the jar. He gave it back to her and made her place it in the bank. Vertie was a fun very kind woman that is dearly missed by everyone that knew her. I know that God has made a special place for her in heaven. I can still see that smiling face of hers.
I LAST SAW AUNT VERDIE IN JULY 1991, WE HAD GONE TO ALABAMA FOR THE FIRST WOOD FAMILY REUNION AT THE REQUEST OF AUNT DAISY. IT WAS ACTUALLY MORE A FAREWELL TO HER SON, GARY QUINTON WOOD, HE HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER, THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE THERE THAT DAY. I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS ALSO GOODBY TO AUNT VERDIE, SHE HAD A STROKE THAT FALL AND DIED IN MAY OF 1992 JUST A FEW MONTHS SHORT OF 96 YEARS OLD. COUSIN GARY DIED ABOUT 2 WEEKS LATER,THEN WE HAD OUR SECOND FAMILY REUNION IN JULY . IN A PERIOD OF LESS THAN TWO MONTHS I MADE THE TRIP FROM SOUTH BEND, INDIANA TO GRAVELY SPRINGS, ALABAMA 3 TIMES. EACH TRIP WAS FOR FAMILY REASONS, I'M GLAD I COULD GO. (Dan Wood)
1900 Chapel, Lauderdale, Alabama, fam 102/102, pg.5435..Verdie M. born Aug.1896.. 1910C, Laud. Co., AL, fam 53/53, pg. 5201..dfw 1920 Chapel, Lauderdale, Alabama Image: 444 1930 Roll: T626_33 Page: 3B State: Alabama ED: 27 County: Lauderdale Image: 0993 Township: Chapel SSN: Vertie Wood 419-58-0323, issued in AL, b. 17 Oct 1896, d. May 92..dfw ZIP Code of last known residence: 35677 - Waterloo, Alabama
Note: Even though she never married and had children she probably had more than a hundred nephews and nieces. Their children think of her as a second mother. She was the oldest daughter of a family of eight, so she took it upon herself to stay home an