Mona L. Wood (known to her family as “Gramona”) was born in Chester, PA on September 4, 1932, the daughter of Raymond and Ruth, nee Clendenning, Locke. She went to be with her Savior on January 14, 2021 at her home in Sugar Grove, Illinois at the age of 88. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Lloyd just three months earlier on October 14, 2020, after 65 years of marriage. Mona is survived by her three sons: Ron and wife Denise (AZ), Jeff and wife Carol (CO), and (Lloyd) Richard and wife Laura (IL); 13 grandchildren (Matt Westbrook, Max Wood and Molly Wood; Kristen Wooley, Lindsey Jones and Daniel Wood; Alison Schwarz, Tim Wood, David Wood, Paul Wood, Elizabeth Schultz, Jennifer Wood, Nathan Wood); and 27 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mona married her husband Lloyd at Nativity Lutheran Church in Chester, Pennsylvania on January 28, 1955. During their 65 years of marriage, Mona and Lloyd made their home in many places: from Chester (PA) to New York to Glen Mills (PA), where they raised their sons. In the ‘80s they moved to South Carolina and built a house near their favorite vacation spot in Myrtle Beach. After a few years of traveling the country in a mobile home, serving with MMAP (Mobile Missions Assistance Program), they moved to Wheaton (IL). After a short time back in Myrtle Beach (SC), they spent 18 years in Colorado Springs, and finally moved to Sugar Grove (IL) in 2014.
Gramona will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, craft skills and generosity. She was an avid quilter who sewed hundreds of projects, from doll clothes with granddaughters to large quilts to give as wedding gifts.
Mona loved to give gifts. Each year, Mona made handmade ornaments for each of her grandchildren - sometimes made with sand or other souvenirs from her travels that year. During her later years, she would often load up grandkids and great grandkids with snacks when they visited her and Lloyd.
Gramona also enjoyed cheering on her thirteen grandchildren - she and Grampop often traveled long distances to show support at sporting events, music performances, graduation ceremonies, and weddings. She also was able to meet twenty-seven of her great-grandchildren!
Mona and Lloyd were involved in worshiping and serving at churches in all the cities where they lived; they have many Christian friends across the country, and now in heaven.
A memorial service will be held for Mona at a date and time to be determined, at Village Bible Church in Sugar Grove, Illinois, where she and Lloyd worshiped since moving to Illinois in 2014. They will be buried together at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.
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