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Official Obituary of

Betty Wood

November 7, 1925 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Betty Wood Obituary

Betty Arnold Wood, 98, returned home and found peace in the arms of Jesus on February 20, 2024. She was born on November 7, 1925 to Logan, Sr. and Lillian Arnold. 

She is survived by her husband, Dr. James G. Gulley of Lancaster, her daughter, Dr. Laura Wood (Butch) of Louisville, sisters, Margaret Simpson and Virginia Ray, both of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Betty McCulley Arnold; daughter-in-law, Joan Wood and numerous nieces and nephews. She also leaves to treasure the memories of time spent together, two daughters of her heart, Dr. Susan Nelson Wood (Nicole) and Linda Henkel (Terry). 

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Tom Wood and her beloved son, Joe Wood; her brothers, Logan “Buddy” Arnold, Jr. and Richard “Tommy” Arnold and her sisters, Dorothy Middlekamp and Alice Gilbert. 

She was valedictorian of the Class of 1944 and offered a full teacher’s scholarship to Berea College. She chose marriage and motherhood instead, but was deeply involved in her children’s education. Betty worked at the National Bank of Lancaster for many years and became manager of the branch bank. 

Betty has been a faithful member of Lancaster Christian Church since 1939, serving as a Sunday School Teacher and Deacon. She has been an excellent Christian role model for countless children through her work as a Sunday School Teacher.  She has been a loving wife, a devoted mother, former volunteer for Hospice and treasurer for DAR and a faithful Christian. 

She leaves us here to treasure her memory and follow her footsteps as she joins her family, husband, son and friends in Heaven.  Those of us left behind are better for having had her love and teaching in our lives. 

Funeral services will be 2pm Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert Mallory and Jiian Burford officiating. Burial will follow in Lancaster Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11am until service time on Saturday. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to Heritage Hospice 120 Enterprise Drive Danville, Kentucky 40422 or Garrard County Co-Operative Parish/Family Ministry Center 13 Martin Luther King Drive Lancaster, Kentucky 40444.

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February 24, 2024

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Spurlin Funeral Home of Lancaster
1782 Lexington Rd.
Lancaster, KY 40444

Funeral Service
February 24, 2024

2:00 PM
Spurlin Funeral Home of Lancaster
1782 Lexington Rd.
Lancaster, KY 40444


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