Mary Virginia Scritchfield Wood, (On-gon-a gae), age 86, passed away June 11th, 2007, at her home in Miami, Ok.
She was born in Grove, Ok., on Nov. 3, 1920. She was the daughter of Elmer Scritchfield and Madonna Whitecrow, and the granddaughter of Alfred and Mary Whitecrow.
Virginia was orphaned at the age of 10 and she was sent to Chilocco Indian School where she made many lifelong friends. She graduated in 1939. She then attended Arkansas City Junior College and obtained her associate's degree in English. She worked in the library there and developed her lifelong passion for reading. She then moved to Oklahoma City and worked as a matron in the home of the Kerr family. In 1941, she moved to Edmond to continue her education at Central State College and there she met her future husband, Donald. They were married in 1943 and, following the end of World War II, they moved to Tulsa. Virginia worked as the executive secretary to the president of Vandever's Department Stores, Mr. Gary Vandever. She then stayed at home to begin her lifelong career as a mother and raise her children.
She was a talented singer. She was a founding member of New Haven Methodist Church in Tulsa and sang the first solo to the congregation. Virginia was a member of the Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and was active in many aspects of Tribal affairs up until the time of her death. Previously she served as the Tribe's secretary treasurer on two different occasions and was presently a member of the Enrollment Committee. Of all the many projects she was involved in, she was most proud of her role in helping to establish the Tribe's health clinic in Miami.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald Lee Wood of Miami, Ok; her half-sister, Inez Kelley of Phoenix, Ariz., her oldest son, Richard Byron Wood and his wife, Fran Sue, of Miami, her son, Scott Boudinot Wood and his wife, Stacy Diane, of Tulsa, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Thursday, June 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Miami at 10 a.m. She will lay in state at the Seneca Cayuga AOA Building on Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. and through the evening.
Donations in lieu of flowers are requested to be made to the Jake Whitecrow Scholarship fund through the NEO foundation.