Obituary: Margaret Mary Wood Jan. 15, 2022


Margaret Mary Wood, of Washington D.C., died Jan. 15, 2022, after a long struggle with cancer. She was 61 years old.

Margaret grew up in Los Alamos, NM, and attended Oberlin College where she triple-majored in classics, religion, and medieval history. Moving on from Oberlin, she worked as a paralegal, a cataloguer for two national projects, and was the sole librarian for the US Coast Guard. She landed in the heart of Washington, DC at the Library of Congress Law Library where she was a reference librarian for almost 20 years, taking great pride in educating the public on how to access the library’s collection, and writing nearly 200 blog posts.

She was an accomplished amateur baker, whipping up various delectable treats as gifts, thank-yous, and occasionally, bribes. An active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, she taught Sunday School and mentored youthful acolytes. She wore beautiful classic clothing and could recall in detail events both profound and mundane. She enjoyed traveling to New Mexico during the summers to visit family, attend the opera, and explore the outdoors in her one pair of sneakers.

Margaret is survived by sisters Sarah and Anne and nephews Jack and Thomas of New Mexico; her aunt, Mary Lucius, and cousin Doug Lucius of Virginia; cousin Martha Lucius of Baltimore; and niece Sally Myers of Philadelphia. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Eileen Wood; and her Uncle Hal Lucius.

In accordance with her wishes, Margaret was cremated. A memorial service is planned for starting 1 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2023 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. If you would like to honor Margaret, please consider a donation in her name to the Dickens Project (, the Santa Fe Opera (, or your local library.

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