Official Obituary of

Betty Marie (Rosenberg) Wood

December 4, 1932 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Betty Wood Obituary

Betty Marie Wood, a Kansas Real Estate Trailblazer passes away.

Betty Marie Wood, age 91, died March 8, 2024, at home surrounded by all her loving family.

She was born December 4, 1932, in Russell, Kansas to Fred C. and Julia Leeson Rosenberg.

Her brothers Leonard A. and Allen L. Rosenberg preceded her in death.

She married Richard W. Wood on December 3, 1950, at the Galesburg Christian Church

in Galesburg, Kansas. He survives at home. Richard and Betty enjoyed 73 years

of marriage surrounded by the love of many friends and a wonderful family who all live in

the Pittsburg area. They both enjoyed a life of faith and service to the church and the community.

Betty grew up in Valley Center, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita. Her family moved to Parsons,

Kansas where she entered school in Galesburg, Kansas and where she graduated High School.

In High School she served as the Secretary of the Senior Class, played on the Basketball team

and was selected as Homecoming Queen. She graduated from Neosho County Junior College

and attended Pittsburg State University and was awarded the Kappi Delta Pi. Immediately

after graduating High School Betty was hired by Kress & Co. Store in Parsons as a bookkeeper.

Betty is survived by three sons, Roger Wood and his wife Terri, Richard (Rick) Wood and

his wife Meichelle, and Robert Wood and his wife Robin. Also surviving are four

Granddaughters Tiffany Wiske and Jason, Regina Winemiller and Isaac, and Rachel Valencia

and Adam, and Christian Anne Elizabeth (CAE) Wood, a Great Grandson, Logan Wiske,

Great Granddaughters, Madeline and Autumn Wiske, and Fiona and Maya Winemiller,

June Valencia and a Great Grandson, Frankie Valencia. She was lovingly known as Gigi by

her many Great Grandchildren.

Betty was a Real Estate Broker from 1967 to 2000 and was co-owner, with her husband, of

Richard Wood Investment Co. of Erie, Kansas and was a Broker, Closing Officer and Sales

Manager at Wood, Realtors of Pittsburg, Kansas. She was the first woman President of the

Pittsburg Board of Realtors in 1975. Realtor of the Year of the Pittsburg Board in 1977. She

also owned and managed the Vel-Fre Motel in Pittsburg for over 25 years.

Betty was a graduate of the Realtors Institute and served on the Board of Governors. She

was a speaker for the Real Estate Educational Seminars for many years. She was the

1980 Kansas State Realtor Woman of the Year and earned the Certified Residential Broker

(CRB) and Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI). She served an 8-year term in the Real Estate

Advisory Committee for the University of Kansas at Lawrence. She served 4 years on the

Kansas Real Estate Commission, the first woman to be appointed on the Commission by the

Governor and she served as Commission Chairperson. She was the Chairperson of the

Women’s Council of Realtors of Kansas, also served as the President of the Pittsburg Board

of Realtors in 1975. This is just a short list of her numerous accomplishments in the field business

and Real Estate.

Betty was a volunteer at Via Christi Medical Center and was a 50 year member of the Order

of the Eastern Star.

Richard and Betty liked to travel and have enjoyed trips to Brazil, Alaska, several Mexico trips

and a trip to Europe and to Denmark. Betty’s Father’s parents immigrated to the United States

from Denmark, so they enjoyed getting to visit with many relatives while there.

Betty was a bookkeeper for several businesses for many years. As a retiree, she stayed busy

with friends and family, enjoyed being part of many clubs, relaxing at their farm and playing cards.

Betty was an avid writer and painter. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family

spending many weekends in the summer at the lake swimming, boating and skiing or relaxing

with family at their farm in Pittsburg.

Richard and Betty have been members of the Countryside Christian Church since 1971.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Countryside Christian Church, 1901 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS with Dan Muter, minister and Jim Frech, minister

co-officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Countryside Christian Church. Friends may come by from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday at the Brenner Mortuary to sign the register book. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, 6000 Kingman Road, Galesburg, Kansas. Friends are requested to meet at the cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to Countryside Christian Church or Gideons International. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS  66762.  Friends may also leave condolences online at  Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary.

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March 23, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Countryside Christian Church
1901 E 4th St
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Celebration of Life
March 23, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Countryside Christian Church
1901 E 4th St
Pittsburg, KS 66762

March 23, 2024

3:00 PM
Mt. Hope Cemetery
6000 Kingman Rd.
Galesburg, KS 66740


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