Obituary of Jennie L. Wood

Jennie Louise Wood, 84, of Fort Scott, went to be with her Lord Wednesday evening, January 13, 2021 at Landmark Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. She was born January 26, 1936, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Eldora (Reynolds) Beaver. Eldora married Ralph Beaver when Jennie was 15, and thereafter she considered him her father. She married Kenneth Ross Wood August 15, 1958, in Los Angeles, California.

Jennie was a partner in pastoral ministry to her husband, Kenneth, for 43 years. Using her gifts of music, hospitality, teaching, and encouragement, she served faithfully alongside her husband at churches in Deepwater, MO, Carl Junction, MO, Brainerd, MN, and Rochester, MN. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, with the ability to make each one feel special and loved. She was a piano teacher for many years and loved her students and their families. She was a substitute school teacher and played her violin in community orchestras. She was a member of the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene.

Jennie is survived by her husband, Ken, of 62 years. She is also survived by her children, Suella Hornby and husband Charles of Springfield, Missouri, Stan Wood and wife Denise of Leavenworth, Kansas, Melody Richardson and husband Lonnie of Louisburg, Kansas, and Joy Parke and husband Phil of Raymore, Missouri; eleven grandchildren, Briana, Nathan, Reagan, Jaron, Graham, Carter, Ross, Alexandra, Annelise, Davis, and Sawyer, and one great-grandchild Noah, and a baby girl due in May.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Eldora Beaver, and four stepbrothers, Ralph Jr., Melvin, Harold, and Larry.

Services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021, 10:00 am, at the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene with burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

The service will also be live-streamed via the church’s Facebook page. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

3 thoughts on “Obituary of Jennie L. Wood”

  1. Oh I am so sorry to hear this, but comforted knowing her Christian faith she is in a better place now.

  2. My condolences to the Wood family. Jenny was beloved by all who knew her. She was a wonderful positive influence in my life during my teen years. I enjoyed playing piano as she beautifully shared her gift of playing the violin. I know she will be greatly missed by her family and friends she made throughout the years.

  3. Jenny was one of the greatest persons we have the honor to know. She welcomed us into the neighborhood back in 2014. It was always fun to bump into Jenny and Ken. They could always bring a smile to your face. We loved listening to Jenny play the violin and going to her and her students piano concerts. We will miss her but we know that she is an awesome angel now and will always watch over us. Skipper and Faye

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