Obituary: Diane Wood

Diane Wood, 62, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Via Christi -St. Francis in Wichita.

Diane was born on August 25, 1955, in Barstow, Calif., to Gerald E. and Ernestine (Kush) Baxter.

Diane married Gregory L. Wood on June 10, 1989, in Wichita. They were married for 28 years but together for 31 years prior to her death.

Diane was a strong-willed, straight-forward person. She enjoyed going to the casino, playing bingo and fishing, and was an avid cat fan. She was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother who placed others before herself. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren. Diane worked for the Newton public school system for 13 years. She retired from the Newton public schools on Aug. 25, 2015.

She is survived by her husband Greg Wood; children Jason (Erica) Wolfe, Shawn (Teara) Wolfe and Amber (Mike) Smith; sister: Sharon (Harold) Hood; and four grandchildren: AJ, Autumn, Makayla and Isaac.

She was preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Ernestine Baxter; and sister Lillian Guffey.

A memorial service will be at a later date. A memorial has been established for the American Cancer Society and the Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton.

Diane fought hard with cancer until God called her home. Her family will value many memories of her and will remember her as loving and caring person who was their best friend.

Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.