Nancy Burns Wood, daughter of Garrell and Leona Burns, died peacefully in her sleep early Saturday morning, June 21, 2008. She received care from Embracing Hospice in the home of her daughter, Susan Wood Varner in Loganville, Georgia. Her husband, Robert S. Wood, Sr., preceded her in death. In Georgia since 1978, she resided in Lilburn, and later in Loganville and Monroe. She was gracious and peaceful, devoted to her family and friends, and was known for her deep faith and wise Christian counsel. Born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 19, 1927, she later moved to Michigan, where she graduated from Baldwin High School in Birmingham. While in high school, she was a perennial winner of the Detroit area spelling bees. At Baldwin, she was a member of THEO, a service organization. During the years of World War II, many of their service hours were devoted to support of US troops. A talented artist, she worked a year as a fashion design graphic artist prior to entering college. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. It was at Ohio Wesleyan that she met her husband of many years, Robert S. Wood, recently returned from World War II service as a pilot. Married in February of 1947, she and her husband were to know life in many parts of the country. Beginning in Maryland, where her children were born, the family later lived in Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Ohio, where her husband's work took them. In each place, Nancy found new friends, many connected with her local church. She was actively involved in Baptist churches throughout her life. Each place she lived brought her new lifelong friends. With her children grown, she and her husband moved to Lilburn, Georgia in 1978. While in Texas, she helped organize and then managed a Christian bookstore. Always clever with words, she later authored the book Bible Bits while living in Lilburn, Georgia. This was an inspirational book of biblical wisdom couched in humorous verse. She received numerous notes from friends and also from readers unknown to her, who were uplifted by her verse. While a woman of peace, her life was not without its challenges through the years. The inner strength she possessed was exemplified in later years by her battle with cancer, which she overcame. Throughout the struggle she was positive, and encouraging to others. She fittingly departed life in the same peaceful manner she lived. She is survived by her children Robert S. Wood and Marilyn Wood; Jeffrey C. Wood and Jean G. Wood (children Brandon & Stuart Wood; Shannon Beier, Amber Gayer, and Jasmine Bartlett; Darren and Jennifer Lamb); Susan Wood Varner; Jeremy and Kelly Wood (children Zachary and Aiden); niece Wendy Wood; and many other loving family members and friends. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Eternal Hills Funeral Home in Snellville, Georgia. A graveside service will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Eternal Hills Cemetery, where she will rest by the side of her husband, Robert S. Wood, Sr. Flowers may be sent, or donations made in her name to Embracing Hospice of Snellville or to the American Cancer Society.