The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 10, 2014

Rita J. Swift Wood

NEOSHO, Mo. — Rita Jean Swift Wood, 84, Neosho, Mo., died Jan. 8, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital, following an illness.

Rita was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Davenport, Iowa, the fifth of six children. She graduated from Aurora High School and lived most of her life in Neosho. She had worked at Bank of Neosho, First National Bank and retired from Centerre Bank. She was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles, classical music, Bridge and volunteered with Meals and Wheels. She was a member of St. Canera Catholic Church.

Rita and George Jacob "Jack" Wood were married on Dec. 28, 1954, at Neosho, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 2004.

Rita is survived by three children, Geoffrey Wood, Neosho, Andrew "Andy" Wood and wife, Kim, Neosho, and Julia Narrell and husband, Scott, Joplin; six grandchildren, Adrian Wood, Tulsa, Carly Adams, Springfield, Victoria Wood, Fayetteville, Ark., Elizabeth Wood, Neosho, Lucy Jean Narrell and Margaret Narrell; and Mr. Kitty. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Patrick and Bernard Swift.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Canera Catholic Church, Father Hank Grodecki will officiate. Interment will follow in the Neosho IOOF Cemetery and family will serve as pallbearers. Rosary services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel and following the rosary service the family will receive friends until 6 p.m.

Contributions in memory of Rita may be made to St. Canera Catholic Church Building Fund or Crowder College Foundation in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

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