|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1917|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 2012|
Suellen Baily Wood of West Chester
Suellen B. Wood, daughter of the late Ida Barnard and the late Abram W. Baily, died peacefully on the 12th day of August at Sunrise of Westtown where she had been a resident for 6 years. Suellen was the wife of Kenneth C. Wood, who died in 1994 and with whom she shared 52 years of marriage.
Born at the Baily farm on Lenape Unionville Road, known as Pocopson Meadow Farm, she was the fifth of five children: James W., Alta Bittle, Eusebius B. and Leon D. , all deceased.
Suellen graduated from Unionville High School as part of the first class to begin first grade the year Unionville opened and go through all twelve years. She continued her education at the West Chester State Teachers College, now a university, achieving a BS degree in health and physical education. She continued another year earning certification in elementary education.
Because her husband's career was in the ship building industry, she taught in several port cities as they moved around the United States. These cities included Pascagoula, Miss., Baltimore, Md., Los Angeles, Calif. and New Orleans, La. Other home ports for them included Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Quebec and finally Morehead City, N.C. in 1974, where her husband eventually retired.
After his death Suellen returned to Chester County in 1996 settling in West Grove until health issues required her final move to Sunrise.
She was a member of Brandywine Grange, Eastern Star, Pilots Club International and was a birthright member of Birmingham Friends Meeting. While living in West Grove she enjoyed activities at both Kennett Square and West Grove Senior Citizens Centers. She was the beloved aunt of Alta B. Hoffman (Harold), Delmont K. Bittle (Sheila) Leon D. Baily (Judith), Janet B. Schavnis (Joseph), and E. Barnard Baily (Jane); great aunt of 10; and great-great aunt of four. A graveside service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, at Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery, 1235 Birmingham Road in West Chester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kennett Underground Railroad Center, P.O. Box 202, Kennett Square, PA 19348, that Suellen enjoyed supporting, or Neighborhood Hospice of West Chester, 400 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380, that gave her great comfort and care during her last year of life. Arrangements by Longwood Funeral Home of Matthew Genereux ~ Kennett Square ~ 610.388.6070 ~ condolences can be sent to www.longwoodfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Local News on August 15, 2012.
Created by: Dan Oh
Record added: Aug 15, 2012
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