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Violet Spendlove Wood - 12/6/2005

Class of 1930

Violet Spendlove Wood, 92, died on December 6, 2005. Violet was born on April 9, 1913 in Hurricane, UT, the fourth of nine children of Joseph Walter and Nettie Ann Sanders Spendlove. Even though she had many chores, Violet enjoyed family life. It was especially fun with double cousins living next door. She liked school, especially English and reading and progressed at an accelerated rate, graduating from Hurricane High School a year early in 1930. Violet was president of her senior class and was editor of the yearbook her junior and senior years.

Violet attended Dixie College on a scholarship and worked as a housekeeper and cook for her room and board. She was editor of the yearbook in 1932, the same year she graduated with a teaching certificate. She taught grades 1-4 on a one-room schoolhouse in Gunlock for two years.

Violet married LuWayne Wood, also of Hurricane, in Las Vegas on May 26, 1935. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple. They became the parents of five children. After 68 years of marriage, LuWayne died on December 16, 2003.

Violet and LuWayne made their first home in Boulder City, Nevada, where
LuWayne began a 41year career with the Southern California Edison Company. His job took them to Big Creek, California in 1949 and on to Arcadia, California in 1959. After retirement, Violet and LuWayne returned to southern Utah in 1979, settling in St. George. They traveled extensively throughout the world.

Violet was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her church callings included teaching in most of the auxiliaries and serving as president of Relief Society, Primary, and Young Women's MIA. Violet and LuWayne were ordinance workers at the St. George Temple for 10 years. She served as a school board member for two terms as well as a Girl Scout leader during their years in Big Creek.

Violet was always refined in her dress, carriage, and speech. She loved
reading and poetry. She was a member of the Alice Reynolds Book Club. While in her eighties, she read every volume of Will Durrant's History of the World. Violet was a beautiful seamstress, meticulous housekeeper, and marvelous cook. She shared her talents and her love in so many ways.

Violet is survived by her children, Dr. O. Lew Wood (Yvonne), of Murray, Utah, Sylvia Sawyer (Mel), of Orem, Utah, Roberta Jugant (Gerard), of Palo Alto, California, and Douglas Wood (Barbara), of Orem, Utah; her siblings Cliff Spendlove (Jan) and France Spendlove (Dorothy), all of Hurricane, Utah, and Mary Gibson (Mads), of Boulder City, Nevada. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, LuWayne; her daughter, Sandra,; her brothers
Jack, Jim, and Ray Spendlove: her sisters, Annie and Clara; and her grandson, Blaine Wood.

The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the caregivers who were so kind and considerate during the final months of Violet's life.
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