Wilma Shipley Wood was born June 14, 1937 to LauWella Stout and Orrin Archibald Shipley in Glenwood Alberta Canada. She married Gerald Edward Wood on November 3rd, 1955 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. Gerald’s dream to live in Utah brought them to Holladay, where they rented a small apartment close to Gerald’s Aunt Alice and Uncle Byron.\n\nWilma and Gerald welcomed their first child in 1958. They achieved the American Dream of owning their first and forever home in 1959 in Kearns, Utah, and soon after added 3 more children to the mix.\n\nWilma began working at the Kearns swimming pool upon its completion in 1966 to earn money to purchase their family piano. She immediately enrolled her children in swim lessons, and their love of the water never ended. Wilma spent countless hours in swim meets and competitions, never missing any events. Wilma was extremely proud of her children’s achievements and always displayed their ribbons and trophies. She was their biggest cheerleader.\n\nIn 1972, Wilma joined the newly franchised Weight Watchers and proudly lost 55 lbs. Her love of the organization led to her 30-year career as a Regional Manager over their receptionists. She retired with great fanfare in 1998. \n\nOn January 6th, 1999, the love of her life passed away suddenly and traumatically after a brief battle with cancer. Gerald’s passing shattered Wilma’s world. Wilma and Gerald’s love was unlike any other, and was one for the books. Gerald doted on Wilma, and she kept the cogs in his life running smooth. They made each other’s lives magic. She was his “doll.” The two had anticipated the MANY years they would spend together.\n\nOnce Wilma retired, and after Gerald’s passing, she devoted her time to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved to travel, sew, knit, read, do puzzles and watch the Utah Jazz play. Wilma was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many capacities, but her favorite was housing the missionaries. \n\nOn December 2nd, 2000, Wilma married Glen Eugene Kraft. The two shared almost 4 years together until he passed away on October 9th, 2004. \n\nIn February 2017, Wilma suffered the first in a series of debilitating strokes, ultimately resulting in the need for her to move into an assisted living center. The family would like to thank the staff of Copper Creek Senior Living for their dedication, love and care. They were truly a blessing in her life and quickly became her family.\n\nWilma is survived by her children Tambara (Ralph) Allen, Jeanette Riley, Marsha Wood, and Mark (Deb) Wood, her grandchildren Pam, Danua, Jody, Nick, Christian, Tyler, Kyle, Jaime, Chase and Sean, as well as 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. \n\nGrandma Wood was our person and each of us was her “favorite.” It was very important to Grandma to have a special relationship with each one of us individually. Her love and devotion for us was never in question. Love you Grandma!\n\nServices will be held March 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home at 1007 W South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah. A visitation will be held prior from 1:00-1:50 p.m. Interment will follow at Holladay Memorial Cemetery.