Elsie Mae Wood (Prince) was born May 20, 1927 in rural NE Arkansas; She died peacefully on October 14, 2020, surrounded by family in the home of her daughter. She will be buried in the Liberty Church of Christ Cemetery.

She lived a life of service to her family and to her God. She, along with her husband William Wood, was a faithful member of the Church of Christ, serving in the Liberty, Hillcrest, and Center Hill congregations in Arkansas, and in the Overland congregation in Missouri.

Elsie is survived by her two children, Judy Ashby (Tim Ashby) and Terry Wood (Teresa Wood) and her sister, Sudie Pruett. She was blessed with five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She joins her beloved husband (Bill), parents (Clarence and Ethel Oma Prince), two brothers (Clarence JR. and M.E. Prince), and one precious granddaughter, (Melissa Wood Meeker) in death.

She was known for her laughter which would ring out and catch fire in a room bringing joy to all around. She loved to sing, especially with her family. She was grounded in her history and researched extensively to connect with her roots. It has been discovered that her blood line goes back to the lines of the ancient Irish kings. She loved birds, recognizing them by sight or sound and teaching their calls to all of us. She also loved the St. Louis Cardinals, following their successes and failures but always cheering them on. She was well known for her cornbread, biscuits, beans, blackberry cobbler and iced tea. She could not rest until every guest was filled to capacity – ‘Want some more? Well, why? – It’s good.” She would say this to every guest until we had to be rolled away from the table.

Her life was full of joy, family and friends. We thank you for joining us today to celebrate and honor the life of our beloved Elsie Mae.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Mitchell Funeral Home from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM at Mitchell Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery.

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