Funeral services for Shirley will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 5, 2019, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whittemore. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Whittemore.
Shirley Mae Maahs Wood was born December 10, 1933 in Buffalo Center, Iowa to parents Ralph Ankeny and Ida Margaret Rhine. She married Eldon (Sonny) Maahs July 15, 1956; they were married 35 years until Eldon passed away September 8, 1991. Shirley married Elton Wood November 22, 1997; they remained living in Whittemore until her death.
Shirley attended country school in Southern Iowa, completed 6th Grade in San Diego, CA and then returned to Iowa with her parents where she graduated from Lakota High School. She attended secretarial school in Omaha and then returned to the Algona area where she worked at the Kossuth County Courthouse.
Shirley was a homemaker when her children were young and then worked as a book keeper at Martin's Garage in Whittemore for 10 years and Algona Veterinary Clinic for 30 years. Shirley enjoyed flowers, gardening, crocheting and playing cards with friends. She was also an avid Iowa State Cyclone Fan. Shirley cherished spending time and holidays with her family and grandchildren.
Shirley's Faith was central to her life and her family; she was an active member of St Paul Lutheran Church for over 60 years where she volunteered in many capacities and served on church council.
On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Shirley Maahs Wood, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away at the Kossuth Reginal Health Center, Algona. She was 85.
Shirley is survived by husband, Elton Wood; daughter, Judy Vratny (Rich) of Ft Dodge, IA; son, Jim Maahs (Marlaine) of St Paul, MN; grandchildren, who she loved immensely: Amanda Bucy, Ashley Vratny, Ella, Will, Max & Kate Maahs. Shirley is also survived by sibling, Gloria Cruse and Elton's families: Greg Wood, Jeff and Deann Wood, Cindy and Dave Humke, Joe and Valerie Wood. She was preceded in death by her parents, and siblings: Pauline Wilson, Doris Hulme, Dorothy Weaver, Homer Ankeny and Joe Ankeny.
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In this time of sorrow and loss look back and treasure the time that the loved ones spent together. To all. Remember her kindness. God bless.
Deepest Sympathy to you Greg, Jeff, Cindy and all of your family with the loss if your Mom Shirley!
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers!!
So sorry that I couldnt get there!
The SEWICKS, RANDY, LORI and Family!
So sorry to hear of your loss, Judy and Jim and families. What a wonderful lady!
Elton and family, So sorry for your loss. Shirley was such a sweet lady. I really enjoyed our visits. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss our time together.
Aunt Shirley was a very kind and sweet woman. Enjoyed the time we spent together at family reunions. She will be sorely missed. May she Rest In Peace.
Diane & Mike Ballard
My heartfelt prayers and thoughts to Uncle Elton, Greg, Jeff and Deann, Cindy and Dave, Joe and Valerie and grandchildren and Shirley's families and The Wood and VonBank relatives. I will miss Shirley very, very much especially at The Wood Reunions held in Iowa every year in July, I always very much enjoyed my visits with her. Rest in Peace Aunt Shirley, God Loves You and So do I! With All My Love and Prayers, Mark J.VonBank-Park Rapids, Mn. (Nephew).
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