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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Obituary - Betty Jean Wood

Betty J. (Gracheck) Wood- “The Mother Superior”- age 91 of Gardner, Kansas passed away on July 5th, 2021 in Olathe, Kansas. Betty was born April 18, 1930 to John and Theresa Gracheck in Kansas City, Missouri.

Visitation will be Sunday July 11, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm at Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee Kansas. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 pm at Redemptorist / Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3333 Broadway, Kansas City, MO. Burial to follow at Shawnee Memorial Gardens, Shawnee KS. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Betty attended Cathedral & Guardian Angel Grade Schools and graduated from Redemptorist High School. She spent 4 ½ years at Benedictine Convent Atchison KS. On her return home she worked at Anchor Casualty Ins. In 1960 she married her honey Bill Wood. During their marriage they lived in Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska before returning to the Kansas City area in 1975. She then worked for the Shawnee Mission School District, where her boss dubbed her “The Mother Superior”, for 18 years retiring in 1993. She was very active with the church serving as a member of the Parish Council, a Lector, and Archives Member helping write the Redemptorist Parish History Book. After retirement she was active in the Foster Grandparents Education Program at LaCygne Elementary School.

Betty is survived by her son Brian R. Wood, Gardner, KS; Daughter Beth R. Leister Amsterdam, MO; Grandson Jeremy Leister, wife Summer and great granddaughter Avery Stillwater, OK; Granddaughter Jordan Leister-Gant, husband Jesse of Wesley Chapel, FL; sister Mary Ann Tatman, Wellsville, KS and sister in law Corrie Gracheck, Warren, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Jeanette Filley and brother John (Jay) Gracheck, brothers in law Henry Filley and John Tatman, nephew Mark Tatman, great niece Mary Katherine Coleman, and son in law Jeff Leister.

“Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.” St. Ignatius Loyola.