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Mary “Marlene” Wood, 75, passed peacefully with family by her side on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Marlene was born January 28, 1947 in Lafayette, LA to Lionel and Olite Arceneaux. She was a beautiful, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will continue to live in the hearts of all whose lives she touched.

The beloved daughter of a WWII veteran of 22 years of service, Marlene spent her childhood moving to many locations and attending various schools. This influenced her ability to form special, lasting friendships and family bonds and shaped her into the strong, passionate woman people knew her to be.

Marlene married her devoted husband, Glenn “Woodi” Wood, in 1966 and soon after they moved to Savannah, where they began their family. Marlene was a loving, dedicated mother to her two daughters, Jennifer and Denise – instilling the values that were important to her and spending many hours volunteering at schools and activities that the girls loved. In addition to raising her family, Marlene worked full time at the business she and Woodi began together in 1975, Coastal Canvas.

Marlene had a knack for entertaining – always in the kitchen cooking delicious meals for family and friends and enticing them to join her in her love of dancing to her favorite Cajun and oldies music. She was also gifted in convincing others to enjoy a shot or two with her. No one could match her energy in the kitchen or on the dance floor.

She also cherished her years on the water and in the mountains, including sailing, her enthusiasm for deep sea fishing and her time sitting on the dock watching activity on the Wilmington River. Marlene and Woodi spent many years at their home in Jackson Hole WY where she couldn’t get enough of the hiking and taking in the amazing views. Most of all, time spent with her grandchildren and her great-grandson brought much joy and pride to Marlene. They all loved the endless hours and energy she spent playing with them throughout the years.

Those who knew Marlene, knew of her lifelong battle with cancer and that she was a survivor. Her own experiences led to her passion for supporting and inspiring others diagnosed with cancer, including co-founding a wonderful cancer support group and speaking personally to anyone who reached out to her for help.

Those family members left to carry on her spirit are her husband, Glenn Wood; her two daughters, Denise Sutter and her husband, Scott, of Scotts Valley, CA and Jennifer Wood of Savannah; her grandchildren, Alex Sutter and partner, Max Dapkus, Jackson Sutter, Avery Baughman and Nicolas Sutter; her great-grandson, Daniel Dapkus; her sister, Annelise Petry and her husband, George; her nephews, Josh Petry and his wife, Michelle, and son, Eli and Zach Petry and his son, Jamie.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her dear sister, Phyllis Arceneaux and her devoted aunt and uncle, Louise and Vinton “Pete” Arsement.

A celebration of Marlene’s beautiful life is being planned for a later time to be determined.

Remembrances may be made in Marlene’s honor to the charity of your choice.

Online Condolences

  1. Donnie rushing says:

    Glenn we’re sorry for your loss your family is in our prayers

  2. Robbie & Bonnie Cleland says:

    Are thought and prayers for all the family. Marlene fought a long hard battle along with Woodi by her side.
    We enjoyed so many wonderful meals and good times. She was a special person!

  3. Fall Quattlebaum says:

    What a beautiful picture of a beautiful lady that I look forward to spending Eternity with because were both believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!

  4. Dorie Davis says:

    Jennifer and family I am so very sorry for your loss
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad chapter in your lives

  5. Fall Quattlebaum says:

    What a beautiful picture of a beautiful lady that I look forward to spending eternity with because we both believed in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We “Sorrow not as those who have no hope….” 1 Thessalonians 4:13

  6. Kermitt Mckine says:

    Our prayers goes out to the woods family

  7. Adel & Kristin Karam says:

    Jennifer and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Marlene, her wonderful hospitality, and immense grace.
    May you be comforted and strengthened by the support of those who love you during this most difficult time and may her memory always being warmth to your hearts and a smile to your faces.
    We pray that The Good Lord grant you his strength and peace.

  8. Shirley Whitten says:

    Glenn I am so sorry for your heart is broken for you and your family Marlene was the best and I loved working with her.prayers for you all.a

  9. Bridget Williams says:

    Glenn, Jennifer, Denise & Family. Sending my condolences to you all. Marlene was definitely a fighter. My family and I will keep you all lifted in prayer.

  10. June Schofield says:

    Glenn, Jennifer, Avery, Denise and family I am so sorry for your loss. Marlene was truly a fighter. She had awesome support from you guys. I loved working with Marlene, Glenn, and Jennifer. We developed a long time friendship. I’m so glad we were able to meet up on your way to Maine a few years ago. I will miss her.

  11. Naomi Thomas says:

    To Woody, Denise, Jennifer and the entire family. I was deeply saddened to hear of Marlene’s passing. She was my employer, but she was also my friend. I will cherish all of the memories that were made during our relationship. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue to comfort you during this time of bereavement.

  12. Julian Sipple says:

    woody -so sorry Marlene has slipped away .I had not seen her in a while but my mind goes back to the old days with old friends – Marlene was such a great part of that – so nice and so pretty – I know you will miss her terribly -my thoughts are with you and your family!

  13. Pat Anderson says:

    Glenn, I am so sorry for your loss. Marlene was a lovely lady, and I will always cherish her memory and good times fishing. May God comfort all of your family during this time. Prayers to all.


  14. Steve and Cindy Ellington says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marlene will be greatly missed. Our lives were greatly touched having known her.


    Steve and Cindy Ellington

  15. Pat Shows says:

    Everyone should have a wonderful friend like Marlene.

    Woody, Jennifer, Denise and family.,
    You were always there for each other.

    My love to you,

  16. Gabriel Arango says:

    Woody and family,

    It was a true blessing to have had the opportunity to know your beloved wife. I will ALWAYS remember her welcoming smile! Marlene and your family were amazing hosts. I’m fortunate to have had the pleasure to know your wife. May she Rest In Peace.

    In Gods Love,

    Gabriel Arango

  17. Glen woods and family. says:

    Mr Glen and family.i had the pleasure of meeting and working with you and Mrs Marlene for 21 years which I enjoy.iwas struck in disbelief when I saw this message from Kermit.i am so grateful to had the opportunity for meeting someone like your wife.a very beautiful and understanding person. She will grateful be condolences to you and your family sorry for your loss.

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