MARCELLA DI VENUTO WOOD, M.D. Age 89, died September 26, 2017. She was born June 13, 1928 to Enrico and Santina Di Venuto in Macon, GA. She was a first generation American. She was the youngest of three children, Henry (Rico) Di Venuto (deceased) and Rosa Shaheen. She was educated in the Macon Public schools, Wesleyan College, and the Medical College of Georgia where she received the Doctor of Medicine degree. Her post graduate training was in Pediatric Medicine at Egleston Children’s Hospital. She practiced medicine as a pediatrician and consultant for Dekalb and Rockdale County Public Health, as well as Head Start, Planned Parenthood and for numerous private pediatric practices for over 50 years until her retirement. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Dr. William A Wood, Jr. They were blessed by the birth of five children: Isabella (deceased), Cynthia, William III, Anna, and Andrew. Besides her love and devotion for the practice of medicine, Marcella enjoyed an array of interests. She was a member or officer of the Georgia Mineral Society, PTA, and the Echo Woods Garden Club. In addition to her sister and her four children, she is survived by three grandchildren: Lillian Hiatt of Nashville, TN. Alexander Schmid of San Diego, CA, and Willa Schmid of Atlanta; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The body was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 3 at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur. Donations can be made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta or Planned Parenthood.

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  1. Condolences to the family. What a legacy she leaves! Prayers and comfort to you all during this time and the time that follows.

  2. Your stories of Mom and life in the Wood family always made me smile. It was so clear how she was loved and will be forever missed. Our condolences to your family. Wish I could hug you Cyn.

  3. To all of Marcella’s children and grandchildren I am so very sorry for your lloss I had the pleasure IOf meeting Marcella many years ago. She and my mom were very much alike !snd I enjoyed time spent with her and you Dad. A lifetime of wonderful memories will help you through this sad time. The very best to you slll always

  4. Revelation 21:4
    And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  5. Marcella was one of the first friends when I moved to Macon in 1948. My deepest sympathy to her family @ her sister, Rosa..
    May God take her straight to His home in heaven.

  6. When my family came to Atlanta for my husband’s cancer treatment, Dr. Wood saw my daughter at the health department. The simple fact that I remember it was her is a testament to incredible care that she gave to every child, even one that she would only see one time. She was a blessing to all that she served. Thank you for sharing her with the world. My thoughts are with you during this time.

  7. Your mother was such a supporter of our Babies CantWait program at the BOH. She was so helpful to me as we built the services to special needs children. We had lots of fun doing it. She was my friend and I will miss her

  8. Dr.Wood Was exceptional, I remember her always willing to teach the “youngins” that what she called us, and her Mantra!! This was when I first started at Kirkwood in 1996. She made working in the clinic very enjoyable. R.I.P. Dr. Marcella Wood

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort continue to be with you and your family during this difficult time. We all look forward to a better day when death will be no more-Rev 21:4. Our prayers are with you.

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