Leone Ellen (Van Hine) Wood, daughter of Ruth and Denny Van Hine was born at home in McMinnville, Oregon, Oct. 11, 1929. She grew up in McMinnville and graduated valedictorian of McMinnville High in 1947. She studied piano and played for the high school chorus and church. In college she studied organ and later played for friends’ weddings. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Linfield college with a degree in Business Administration and a minor and certification in Education. Teaching in a small high school in eastern Oregon, she taught shorthand, English, girls PE, history, typing 1 and 2, and coached the girls volley ball team.
She married David Wood on June 7, 1954, the same day he graduated from Oregon State University and was commissioned in the United States Navy. Their six week honeymoon, brought them to Pensacola, Florida, where he began his career as Naval aviator. Leone supported her husband over the years during his long deployments and the couple made many lifelong friendships.
She was the President of the Women’s Officer Club in Pensacola and involved in the United Methodist Church. In Coronado, Leone was very active at St Paul’s United Methodist church for over 50 years. She enjoyed Sacred Dance, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, attending Bible studies, United Methodist Women, and Chair Yoga. She was the church’s coordinator for the ministry New Entra Casa, that helps women released from prison adapt and readjust back into life. She was also involved in Forest Home Women’s Auxiliary helping to raise funds for camper scholarships.
Leone enjoyed many activities, including traveling, RV adventures, downhill and cross country skiing, hiking, water aerobics at the pool, and walks on the beach daily. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and in recent years play Rummikub and Yahtzee with family and friends.
She loved people and showed many kindnesses, hosting friends and family from all over the world. She was a woman of faith who demonstrated her love for God by serving others and showing them love and kindness. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, mother in law, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was involved in her grandchildren’s lives, spending much time with them.
Leone went to heaven, peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family Sept. 14, 2020 and is survived by her husband David; daughters Jeann (Patrick) Hughes, Joann Basaran, and Margaret (Keith) Ahmann; grandchildren Joanna, Emre, Janna, David, Madeline, Nicholas; great grand children Victoria, Elijah, and Bryson; and her sister Louise McDonald. She was preceded in death by grandchildren Elijah and Moriah in 2016.
She would want us all to rejoice as she is now with Jesus, 2 Corinthians 5:8 “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
Leone’s Celebration of Life service will be in Coronado at the North Island Naval Air Station chapel on Saturday Oct. 17 at noon. Reception to follow at the Coronado Golf Course. Masks and social distancing are required. Please call Margaret, 408-268-2314, to RSVP and for access to naval base.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Forest Home Christian Camp for camp scholarships-Forest Home, Office of Development, 40000 Valley of Falls Drive, Forest Falls, CA 92339.