Obituary of Gwen Rood |

Obituary of Gwen Rood

Gwen went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 7, 2016.

She was born in Grass Valley in 1920 to Cornish parents, Phillip and Minnie Oates. She attended Bell Hill School, Grass Valley High School and Mount St. Mary’s Commercial School, securing a secretarial job with the Corps of Engineers in Sacramento. She accepted Christ at a revival when she was13, and her faith continued to be an anchor throughout her life. She was an active member of the Grass Valley United Methodist Church in her younger years and in retirement. She was also an accomplished pianist, playing at church events and in recitals.

In 1942 she married the cute boy she had met in 6th grade, Eric Rood. They celebrated 55 years of a happy marriage, and had 3 daughters. She devoted herself to the loving care of her husband, daughters, and their home, occasionally working as a secretary, while the Air Force transferred the family to the Philippines, California, Texas, Virginia, Alabama and Germany. Visits to family and friends in Grass Valley were made often. They always planned to retire in Grass Valley, and did so in 1973. They enjoyed traveling together as well as hosting family and friends from near and far in their home.

The family would like to thank the staff of Cascades of Grass Valley and Hospice of the Foothills for excellent care during her last years, especially those who provided daily care.

She is survived by daughters, Cheryl, Linda, and Karen; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Eric, in 1998.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to Grass Valley Methodist Church, Hospice of the Foothills, or a charity of your choice.

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