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Catherine Ann (Owens) Wood, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on January 26, 2014, at the age of 88. Catherine or Katie, as she was often called, was born in Springfield, Illinois, on October 28, 1925, to Harry and Nonie Owens and was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret; four brothers, Bernard, William, Harry and Orville; her husband John Wesley Wood Jr. and a daughter, Diane. Catherine was retired from the Washington School District, where she worked as a Crossing Guard at Manzanita Elementary School. During her retirement years, she served as a member and officer of Button Hooks, a local group devoted to the collecting and study of buttons.

Survivors include two brothers, Thomas Owens and Joseph Owens of Springfield, Illinois; her children, Janis Harrington-Wood, Carol Smith, and Brian Wood; two sons-in-law Donald Harrington and William A. Smith; two grandchildren Rodney Smith and William W. Smith; and one great-grandchild Jack Smith, all living in Phoenix, Arizona. A Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 6, at Our Lady of the Valley, 3220 W. Greenway, Phoenix. Interment services will be held following the Mass at 1:30 p.m., at Heritage Sunwest Cemetery, 12525 N. W. Grand Avenue, El Mirage.