Martha C. Wood, 82, active in local social services, avid reader, classical musician

By on July 30, 2014

Martha (Moss) C. Wood, 82, a resident of Brethren Village, passed away on July 10, 2014, after a two-year battle with mantle-cell lymphoma.

Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of Frederick Wood Sr. and Camille Taylor Wood.

Martha volunteered in Lancaster County, with the Office of MH, MR and D&A. She was also VP for Mental Health in Lancaster, as well as VP on the board of HarbAdult, a body devoted to developing transitional housing. Martha earned her Master’s of Human Services in 1983. She arranged publicity for the organization Newcomers and Neighbors. She was also responsible for the development of an award-winning booklet, Before You Begin, through Family Services.

Martha lived her early life in Baltimore, Md., before moving to Lancaster with her then husband Ray. She also spent several years living in Chicago, Ill. and Pittsburgh. She thoroughly enjoyed adventure traveling and at 75 was invited to train with the Peace Corps in Thailand. She also traveled to Mexico, Israel, Spain, Portugal, England, the United Arab Emirates, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Having studied classical music for seven years, she greatly enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She was also extremely well read, consuming two to three books per week for over 50 years, including most of the classics.

She is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Steven Keath Forney (wife Gladys Victoria), Manhattan, N.Y., David Lloyd Forney, Esq. (wife Jingxiu Liu), Bethesda, Md., Susan Marie Forney (Multhauf), Northfield, Ill., Paul Forney, Lancaster, Mary Grace Forney (Stauffer), Lititz, Peter Ignatius Forney (wife Meredith Durant), Williamsburg, Va., and Lynda Marie Doane (husband James), Columbia. She is also survived by her sister: Regina Ann Wood, of Baltimore, Md.; 26 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by six siblings: Gladys Somerville (French), Majorie Wood, Frederick Wood Jr., Charles Carroll Wood, Robert Woodrow Wood, William Page Wood.

Her heart was grand as she consistently endeavored to enrich the lives of those she touched.

Memorial Services will be private and at the convenience of her family.

In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution in Martha’s name to The Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Nissley Funeral Home, Mount Joy, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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