WOOD, Dora G. (de Marchena)
Wood, Dora Graciela de Marchena Dora Graciela de Marchena Wood went peacefully to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2007. She was born in San Salvador in Central America on December 27, 1918 to Aristedes and Amparo de Marchena.
She came to the United States in July of 1946 with her music teacher and three close friends, Delli, Lucy, and Fina Soto, to study voice and attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. While in college, she was nicknamed 'the Spanish Nightingale' and was able to sing for various events and organizations.
In the fall of '46 she met the love of her life, 'Lawrencito' on a blind date set up by his nieces, Hope and Bernice. They were married on June 15, 1947, moved to Midwest City, and had two children, Jimmy and Doris. She chose to stay home and baby-sit and was loved dearly by the children she kept. She later worked at Street's and Dillard's where she was a dedicated and respected employee for 14 years. She was an active member of the Ridgecrest Church of Christ, a member of the Stepping Stones, and a precinct chairman for the G.O.P. Her true loves were the Lord, her family both here and in Guatemala, spending time with her grandchildren, music, shopping, reading, and collecting elephants.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lawrence Wood, Sr., son, James Lawrence Wood, Jr., her loving parents, her sister Elba, and brothers Rene and Horacio. She is survived by her daughter, Doris Schaefer and husband Mel of Yukon; grandchildren, Greg Schaefer and wife Carrie of Phoenix, Arizona, Amber Garner and husband Ben of Yukon, Amanda (Amy) Carnagey and husband Luke of Edmond; great- grandchildren Isabel Anna Schaefer and Finn Nathaniel Garner. Also her precious sister, Yolanda Vettorazzi, nephews and nieces Felipe Vettorazzi, wife Sandy, and children Maria Paola, Guillermo, and Mauricio, Ana Lucia Lopez, husband Rodolfo, and children Antonio and Ana Lourdes; and Monica Ritz, husband, Gerhard and children, Joachim, Cecelia, and Vivian, all of Guatemala City, Guatemala; sisters-in-law, Lula Wood of Chickasha, Natalie Wood of Richardson, Texas; and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends. She will be affectionately remembered for her love of life and her generous spirit. Her family sincerely wishes to thank all the staff at Victorian Estates in Yukon, Choice Hospice, her caregivers, and her two supportive church families. Memorial services will be held at Ridgecrest Church of Christ in Midwest City on Thurs., March 8, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. Burial will be at the Union City Cemetery.