Joanne M. Wood

The heavenly angel choir welcomed a new member January 16, 2013, when Joanne (Del Carlo) Wood arrived. The harmonies she will sing there will be a wonderful addition to their music!

Joanne was born to Levio “Nick” and Josephine (Antognoli) Del Carlo, a very industrious, hardworking young Italian couple, on March 22, 1938. She was raised in Sanger, California, along with her younger sister, Jean, and attended school there.

A beautiful popular young girl, she adorned Sanger Chamber of Commerce floats in numerous parades during her high school years. She was the Del Ray queen for the city’s annual fair, the summer of 1953.

Like her parents, Joanne was always proud of her Italian heritage. In later years, she had the opportunity to travel to Italy with her father and oldest daughter and meet family there.

She married Russell Wood on December 26, 1955. They became the parents of three daughters, Ruscell, Leslie and Shelley. They lived most of their married life in the Cabool, Missouri, area, where Russell taught school and oversaw the Wood family cattle ranching business. Joanne was a great support to the family and the business, feeding many a hay hand and participating in many of her kids’ activities. She loved being a mom to her girls and, later in life, a grandmother.

She was a great cook, like her mother, and a friend to many. She provided babysitting and also fixed hair in her home for several clients. She also served as an adult 4-H leader. When the girls were older, she began working at the Cabool Enterprise, the local newspaper, which she owned with Russell for 21 years. Joanne took over for her mother-in-law to continue the local news column known as “Random Riting.” She was a good writer and always had a sense of humor and a beautiful smile, not knowing a stranger.

Joanne was very social. She was a longtime member of the Better Homemaker’s Club, played softball until she was forty, enjoyed her “quilting club” with their penny bets, and the JOY Club dinner gatherings.

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughters and their families: Ruscell and Dave Pavlin and children Kyle and Erin Pavlin of Springfield, Missouri; Leslie and Michael Swanson and their children, Eric and Sarah of The Colony, Texas; Shelley and Mark Adams of Cabool, Missouri, and children Casey Barr of Springfield, Missouri, and Janelle (and Colin) Bassett and great-granddaughter, Edith Larue Wood Bassett, of St. Louis, Missouri. Joanne also leaves her only sibling and devoted sister, Jean Lane of Fresno, California, and sisters-in-law Joyce Jones and Janice Lowe and brother-in-law Johnny Wood, all of Cabool, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 21, 2013, in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Roger Flint officiating. Janelle Bassett and Jean Lane were special speakers for the service. Song selections included “You Are My Sunshine” sung by Jean Lane, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Peace In The Valley,” and How Great Thou Art.” Burial will be in Sanger, California, under the direction of Wallin Funeral Home at a later date.

Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home of Mtn. Grove, Missouri.

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