Martha (Marty) Wainwright Wood died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at her home in Apalachicola after a recent diagnosis of leukemia. She left this life the same way she lived it, with dignity and grace; surrounded by her family and pets.
Marty was born on Dec. 24, 1931 in Starke, to William M. Wainwright and Blanche McNeal Wainwright. Relocating to Tallahassee at a young age, Marty graduated from Leon High School and attended Florida State University before assuming the duties of an officer's wife upon her marriage to U.S. Air Force pilot, Maj. Fred. E. Bailey. Together they had three children and when Fred was killed in Viet Nam in 1966, Marty returned her family to Tallahassee.
She married a childhood friend, George M. Wood and they relocated to Apalachicola in 1976. Marty worked for the Franklin County Property Appraiser’s office for 15 years before retiring. She enjoyed fishing, reading, bird watching, and caring for a host of rescue pets. Marty was widowed again when George died in 2007. The hallmark of her life was her unconditional love and devotion to her family and she took great joy in spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Marty was preceded in death by her husbands, Fred E. Bailey and George M. Wood; her brother, Bill Wainwright, and sister, Patsy W. Wilson.
She will be greatly missed by her surviving family; her son, Clay W. Bailey and daughter, Robin L. Bailey, both of Apalachicola; daughter, Laura L Bailey, Tallahassee; stepson, Michael Wood (Susie), Okeechobee; grandchildren, Erin B. Babb, Jordyn Zingarelli, Cayle Zingarelli, Cole Horton, Whitney Wood; and great-grandchildren, Tate, Reyd and Olivia; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Bailey, Pat Roberts, and Sara Jean Wainwright; daughter-in-law, Gayle Pace; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the compassionate assistance provided by Big Bend Hospice that allowed Marty to spend every available moment left to her at her home as she wished. She requested a private, family-only service. In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be made on her behalf to Big Bend Hospice and/or the Animal Rescue/Humane Society of your choice.