Vetra Jean Radebaugh Wood, 83, homemaker

March 05, 2006

Vetra Jean Radebaugh Wood, a homemaker who was involved in local church and civic activities in Towson, died Feb. 26 of congestive heart failure. She was 83.

Born Vetra Jean Adams in Spencer, Iowa, she was the sixth of seven children.

She met George Radebaugh Jr., a merchant mariner, while visiting a sister in New York in 1945 and married him there after his tour of duty. The couple then moved to Towson. Mrs. Wood helped with the Radebaugh family floral business and worked in the cafeteria of what is now Towson University and later at Lane Bryant as a seamstress.

Family members said she was an "extraordinary" homemaker who loved entertaining guests and hosting annual Super Bowl parties, and she traveled around the country with her husband to florist conventions.

She was also active in civic activities in Towson, including the Junior Woman's Club of Towson, the Inner Wheel of Towson and the Towson Rotary Club. Mrs. Wood was an active member of Towson Presbyterian Church, where she held many offices, including deacon.

Mrs. Wood liked to bowl and golf and participated in various leagues and golf clubs.

After Mr. Radebaugh died in 1984, she married Norman W. Wood and continued to enjoy bowling, dancing, gardening, playing bridge and traveling. When Mr. Wood became ill, she cared for him until his death in 2000.

In 2004, she moved to the Oak Crest Village retirement community, where she remained until her death.

Services were held Thursday at the Ruck Towson funeral home. Burial was at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Ms. Wood is survived by son George Radebaugh of Parkville; brothers Dean Adams of Hayward, Wis., and Kent Adams of Seattle; and six grandchildren.

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