Obituary for Nancy Arthur (Wood)
Nancy Wood Arthur, 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior March 15, 2015. She was born December 22, 1932 in Roanoke. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Lewis Wood and Lillie Wood Payne Roberts and her sister, Evelyn Wood Corbett. She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Bernard Lee Arthur, son Michael Lewis Arthur and his wife Julia, grandchildren Lesley Catherine Arthur, Michael Thomas Arthur and Laura Campbell Cannaday, nephew Fred W. Corbett, Jr. and his wife Peggy, niece Freida C. Stultz and her husband Roger, nephew Winston C. Corbett and his wife Susan and other loving family members.
Nancy graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1950 and finished two years of business college before becoming the church secretary at Virginia Heights Baptist Church. She later became the church secretary for Grandin Road Baptist Church. She retired from the US Postal Service where she had a successful career as manager at the downtown Roanoke post office. After retirement she continued her faithful service through many hours of volunteer work for her beloved Belmont Presbyterian Church. Additionally, Nancy devoted many years serving as a volunteer at South Roanoke Nursing Home and was currently working part-time for John M. Oakey and Son in Salem. She also had served as first vice president of the National Active Retired Federal Employees and was currently membership chairwoman and editor of the NARFE newsletter.
Nancy’s greatest joy in life was helping others. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who met her. She will be lovingly missed by her family and friends. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of the cardiac care unit at Lewis Gale Hospital, especially nurses Wendy and Steven, Dr. Childers and Dr. Witten. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm at
John M. Oakey and Son, 305 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Virginia, with interment at Evergreen Burial Park. Memorials may be made to Belmont Presbyterian Church, 1005 9th St, SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.