ROOD Elizabeth

Posted: November 28th, 2014

1926 ~ 2014
Following a rich life, Elizabeth Rood of Lethbridge and Fort Macleod, Alberta, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2014 at the age of 88 years. As her mental clarity faded, Elizabeth was well cared-for at the Extendicare and Legacy Lodge cottages and her family extend most sincere thanks for the care and comfort that was provided by the generous staff. Elizabeth was born and raised in Holbrook, Massachusetts, a small town near Boston, and then earned her first degree at Radcliffe, the women’s college of Harvard University. She moved to San Francisco to work in architecture and there she met and married Joseph Rood, and family followed. With a move to upstate New York, she extended her studies to earn a Master of Arts – Education at the University of Rochester. The family moved to Lethbridge in 1967 for the commencement of the University of Lethbridge where Elizabeth periodically participated as a student and occasionally an instructor. She worked for two decades as a teacher in Fort Macleod and was the reading specialist for the Willow Creek School Division, working with many children, including youth from the nearby Piikani and Kanai First Nations. A joy and convenience was the home that she designed and was built adjacent to the W.A. Day school, where she taught. Elizabeth is predeceased by her husband, and son Andrew, and survived by her children John and Stewart (Dianne) Rood and Catharine (Felix) Wyss, daughter-in-law Terry Rood, and grandchildren, Neil, Keith, Andrew, Amanda, Joe and Danika. Following her wishes, a private family gathering will follow. To commemorate her lifelong commitment to learning and literacy, a scholarship is being established at the University of Lethbridge, the ‘Elizabeth Rood Memorial Award In Community Literacy’ – donations towards that scholarship are welcomed – (A735,University Hall 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta,T1K 3M4). Send condolences at

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