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The world lost an angel on the morning of August 9, 2018 when Wendy Wood Reece-Hood, age 49, peacefully passed away in the loving arms of her husband and 2 children. She battled breast cancer for nearly three years and is now free from pain and suffering.
Wendy was born into a loving family on May 20, 1969 in Murray, Utah, the second of eight children born to Theron and Vicki Wood. Wendy and her six brothers and one sister had an amazing childhood full of camping, fishing, fun times with cousins, along with visits to their Grandma Boam and Grandpa and Grandma Mayhew. They moved to Alpine, Utah when Wendy was a little girl where she grew up with her lifelong best friends.
Wendy had a love for the world. She spent her time in nature; hiking, skiing, mountain biking, boating, and traveling to beautiful places. Wendy was the sweetest friend to so many people that cherished and admired her. She was the most amazing example of loving unconditionally and serving selflessly. She had a never-ending concern for others well-being, even in the face of her own life-threatening storm. She put every bit of energy into loving her family, and she was exceptional at making us all feel loved. We are forever grateful for her example, she has been a true blessing in our lives. It is heartbreaking to lose someone so incredibly perfect. We know we will be reunited again one day.
Wendy leaves behind the 3 people she loved most. Her husband Ricky Hood, her daughter Kelsie and son Taylor. On the passing of his beloved wife, Ricky said, "Today, this world lost an angel. Words fail to express my love for this beautiful woman. Her courage and dignity in the face of insurmountable strife make everything I have ever witnessed pale." Ricky meant the world to Wendy. He loved and took care of her though two cancer battles. He never complained or missed a single doctor appointment. Her daughter Kelsie was her best friend in the whole world. They have a deep connection, they are true soul mates. Her huggybear, Taylor, missed the first two years of her cancer battle while he was serving an LDS mission in Ukraine. We know that because of this service her life was extended for them to enjoy ten beautiful months together before her passing.
We can't forget Wendy's cherished baby, Tinkerbell, her cat of 15 years. On the day of Wendy's passing, Tink was snuck into the hospital to spend those final hours snuggling with her mama.
She always believed in the good things coming, and so do we.
We love you forever and ever, Mom.
A celebration of Wendy's life will be held Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Highland East LDS Stake Center Chapel, 4679 West 11000 North, Highland, Utah where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30- 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Highland City Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.