Lois “Pauline” Wood passed away peacefully on February 18, 2023 at the golden age of 93, surrounded by family and friends. Pauline was born November 23, 1929 in Phillipsburg, Ohio as the oldest of six children. She was raised on a tobacco farm and met the love of her life, Ray Wood in high school. They were married on June 27, 1947 when she was only 17. They had their three children while living in Ohio and moved to Sepulveda, California in 1958 when Ray’s job transferred him.
Missing the country life, the family moved to the almond/dairy ranch on Pioneer Road in Oakdale in 1961. Pauline was a valued member of the Oakdale community for decades, working in downtown Oakdale at JC Penney, The Mart, Harley’s department store, and Bank of America while Ray worked at Hershey’s chocolate factory. They maintained a membership at the Oakdale Golf & Country Club during their residence as well as attending every sporting and 4H event their children participated in. In 1984 Ray and Pauline moved to Sun City, Arizona to enjoy the warm weather and retirement, returning to Oakdale often to visit their children and grandchildren. Pauline returned to Oakdale in 2014 after Ray’s passing in 2008. They were happily married for 61 years. She lived with her son David for four years before moving to her own little cottage built for her on Robin’s property. In October of 2022 she required more care and moved to Brenda’s Place in Escalon, CA and happily spent her last five months with her loving caregivers.
Pauline is preceded in death by her loving husband Ray Wood, both parents Elwood and Amber Mae, brother Kevin Hefelfinger and sister Doris Tobias. She has three surviving siblings Gene, Gary and Janet who reside in Ohio.
She is survived by her three children Paula Travis (Larry) of Waterford, CA, Robin Costa (Myron) of Oakdale, CA, and David Wood (Melynda) of Salida, CA. Her five grandchildren Tim Cooper (Noelle) of Stockton, CA, Lisa Lawrence (Jeff) of West Plains, MO, Chad Costa (Jessica), Misty Long (Steve), and Rendi Trent (Andrew) all of Oakdale, CA. Pauline was blessed with eight great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren.
A celebration of life for Pauline will be held on April 8, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the home of Robin Costa, 9637 Rodden Road, Oakdale CA 95361.
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