Mary Lib Allen Wood
Mary Lib Allen Wood
  • April 21, 1924 - January 7, 2018
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Mary Elizabeth Allen Wood passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in a circle of love, laughter, stories and tears on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Mary Lib was born in Elkin, NC on April 21, 1924 to William Marion Allen and Cynthia Bethea Allen. The oldest of three children, she grew up in her beloved Elkin, graduated high school and then attended Salem College where she met a young State College baseball player named Robert Newlin Wood. They married, settled in Raleigh and, together, built a family and a wonderful life with deep connections to N.C. State University where Bob worked and civic involvements that Mary Lib loved, along with an amazingly wide array of friendships that defined them both.

Mary Lib loved her friends and she loved making new friends, young and old. Age truly was just a number to her as you were as likely to see her out to lunch with someone in their twenties as in their nineties and would consider herself contemporary to both! Mary Lib was always on the go being involved with projects, community boards, and organizations that brought people together, especially the arts; including the In and Out Garden Club, Colonel Polk Chapter of the DAR, Raleigh Fine Arts, the Assembly Book Club, Arts N.C. State, The Raleigh Bicentennial Committee, and Edenton Street United Methodist Church.

But, more than anything else, she was a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother and matriarchal aunt to a large and ever expanding family that she loved, mentored, guided and nourished.

Mary Lib was predeceased by her husband, Bob; mother and father, sister Cynthia Allen Duncan; and brother, William Marion Allen, Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Beth LeGrande (Dick) and Jane Youngblood (Eddie), and son Bob Wood (Susan); grandchildren, Dixon LeGrande (Jackie), Marion Hindman (Jeff), Robert LeGrande (Laura), Katherine Horton (Brent), Robert Wood (Catherine), Cynthia Kelly (Nate), Molly Logan (Drew), Allen Wood (Joycee); great-grandchildren, Spencer and Jackson LeGrande, Dean and Allen Hindman, Lily Cate LeGrande, Fletcher and Audrey Horton, Thomas and James Wood, Hobson and Sawyer Kelly, Andrew and Pressley Logan, and Mac Wood.

A funeral service will be held at Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 11th. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial will be private.

The family would like to thank the MSICU Physicians and Staff of Rex Hospital for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to the Mary Lib Wood Endowment for the Visual and Performing Arts at N.C State, Campus P.O. Box 7306, Raleigh, NC 27695; Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27603; and The Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.