In Memory: Lillian Wood

Lillian Mae (Sloate) Wood, 90, of New Brighton, passed away peacefully on July 15.

Born in Billings, Mont. to Arthur W. and Violet Sloate, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Arthur R. and Robert A. Sloate. During WWII she joined the war effort in Seattle, Wash., working for Pan American Airlines as an airplane riveter, soon securing a transfer to Fairbanks, Alaska where she was reunited with her longtime sweetheart, Rex Wood. They were married on Christmas Eve, 1942, and stayed in Alaska for five years. Lillian was Rex's fearless co-pilot, flying with him through the Alaskan wilderness, and later above the Minnesota skies in his homemade airplane, which they enjoyed well into the l990s. She is survived by Rex and their four children, Virginia Wood (Carolyn Tapia), Patricia Miller (Grant), Rex E. (Skip) Wood (Stacy Nicholson), and Christine Kluthe; grandchildren Joseph G. Kluthe, Lauren Kluthe, Katie Miller, Lissa Orr, Steven Miller, Scott Miller, and Liana Bellon. A lover of garage sales and collectibles, Lillian was always first in line for a bargain. She also enjoyed gardening, traveling, her books, and was a devoted member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, where she had many friends. She was a kind and cheerful soul, helpful friend, grateful neighbor, inspiring mother, loving wife and steadfast companion. Lillian would wish that, in her memory, an act of kindness and generosity be made to someone in need.

A memorial gathering for Lillian's friends and family will be held at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church on Monday, July 30, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the church.

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