Clarice Mackey Wood, 96, formerly of Moriarty, peacefully passed away Jan. 27 at her home in Senoia, Georgia. A graveside service will be conducted at the Moriarty Mountain View Cemetery on July 3 at 11 a.m. by the VFW Auxiliary. A luncheon reception for her friends will be hosted by the family at the Moriarty Lion’s Club immediately following the service. Clarice was born in Cordova, Alabama. After graduating from Texas Tech she married the love of her life, Bill. Their marriage of 58 years saw many adventures, starting with loading up all their belongings and heading west to begin their future. They ultimately landed in Moriarty, where they opened a garage, auto parts store, wrecker service and John Deere tractor dealership. In addition to raising three children and supporting the family business, Clarice taught school for over 30 years; teaching first at Moriarty and finishing at A. Montoya Elementary. As a teacher, she positively impacted the lives of countless students. She found creative ways to get through to her students, especially those with special needs. She was passionate about helping her students achieve their potential. After retiring, her focus turned to travel and even greater involvement in her community. She shared her love of cards with an amazing network of friends near and far. She had a steadfast faith in God and her family and friends are comforted with the knowledge that she is with her Lord. Clarice was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Rutledge Wood, her son James “Jim” Robert Wood, and her daughter Clari Louise Wood Buchanan. She is survived by her son, William Rutledge Wood, II and Claudia, of Senoia; grandchildren, Tracy Wood of Denver, Cara Houston of Las Vegas, Cristin Sharp and Matt of Reno, Sandra Milligan and Troy, Jennifer Wood, and Rutledge Wood and Rachel, all of Senoia; 12 great-grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.