Mary Elizabeth Wood
Mary Elizabeth Wood Pechacek , age 82, of Atlanta,
GA, died June 3, 2007, after a brief hospitalization at the Emory University
Hospital in Atlanta due to complications from an infection. Frank Fred
Pechacek Jr., her husband of 64 years, was at her bedside when her heart
She was born in rural Lavaca County, Texas on April
29, 1925 to Leona Kuhn and Roland Bunting Wood. She graduated from
Flatonia High School in 1942, having been Homecoming Queen in her senior
year. While she was a popular and great beauty in high school, young
Frank, known to all as "Frankie", was her only love in life. After he
enlisted in the Army Air Corp at the start of WW II, they were married on Sept.
12, 1942. During the war years, she worked as an AT&T telephone
operator, saving up her salary so she could travel to military training bases
across the country to be with Frankie before he entered combat duty in
Europe. After living in Flatonia, Texas until her children were grown and
Frank retired as a U.S. Postal Service rural mail carrier in 1977, they traveled
around the country before returning to Texas, living in Austin and Corpus
Christi, then returning to Flatonia before they moved to North Carolina.
Most recently, they moved to the King's Bridge Retirement Center in Atlanta
where husband Frank still resides.
She was an inspiration to all that knew and loved
her. Her gracious and generous spirit was loved by all who knew her.
She could find the good in everyone and always gave the credit for
accomplishments to others. During her years in Flatonia, she was an active
member of the Sacred Heart parish, working as parish secretary in the
1960's. In her own special and loving way, she has been a life-long friend
to many in the Flatonia area. As part of her lifelong involvement in
volunteer activities, she was elected president of a Travis County, Texas
coordinating committee of retired women's organizations, won awards as an
outstanding volunteer the Center in Corpus Christi Naval Medical Center
Pharmacy, and helped establish and coordinate Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
for Fayette County, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her son, Frank Fred
Pechacek III (Freddie); and her brothers, Leroy and Jessie Wood. Her
memory will be cherished by her husband of 64 years, Frankie; daughter, Betty
Ludlum and her companion Roy Greenwood of Austin, Texas; son and
daughter-in-law, Terry Frank Pechacek and Julie Ann Fishman of Atlanta; son and
daughter-in-law, Robert and Carol Pechacek of Mooresville, North Carolina; her
grandson, Samuel Frank Pechacek of Atlanta; granddaughter Renee and her husband
Charles Ravel of Corpus Christi ; brother-in-law John Pechacek and wife Bessie
of Flatonia; and a large number of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends in Texas
and around the country.
Everyone who has had the chance to be around
Elizabeth ken knew her generous, loving spirit and now feels a heartfelt sorrow
from the fact that she is no longer here with them in physical form. But
everyone who knows her great spirituality can sense that she is still very much
with them. As she often has been heard to say "Don't cry for me, I'm now
with the angels."
Interment of her remains will be at a later date in
Flatonia, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Fayette County EMS System at 979-968-8991.
(transcribed from The Flatonia Argus, June 21, 2007