Kerry Ann (Malone) Wood, age 45, of Dansville NY, passed away peacefully at her home after a courageous battle with Bulbar ALS.
Kerry Ann was born June 3, 1973 in Dansville to Michael J. and Agusta (Newman) Malone. Kerry Ann grew up in Rochester where she attended Aquinas Institute and Monroe Community College. Kerry Ann joined the U.S. Army in January 2002 and was honorably discharged in May 2002 due to an injury. Kerry Ann moved back to NY after residing in several states throughout the years; raising her three children. She moved with her parents to the family homestead on Stones Falls Rd and worked several jobs to support her family. Kerry Ann worked for the Village of Dansville as Deputy Clerk, Clerk and Police Dispatcher for several years before being hired by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division in February 2013; where she found her dream job. She quickly excelled in the Jail Division, earning the highest academic award and top shot in her class at Basic Training. She soon became a valued member of the Sheriff's Office Corrections Emergency Response Team, Honor Guard, General Topics Instructor, CPR/AED 1st Aid Instructor, Field Training Officer, she oversaw Operation Santa and many other details and certifications. Kerry Ann continued to work for some time despite her ALS diagnosis; which progressively took away her fine motor skills and ability to speak. Kerry Ann continued to serve the Sheriff's Office until she had to take a medical retirement in September 2018. She was honorably promoted to the rank of Sergeant at her retirement ceremony. Kerry Ann was also presented with the Carl Draxler Award by the NYS Sheriff's Association on January 22, 2019 in Albany, NY.
Kerry Ann lived for her children and extended family and friends. She married Brian Wood in October 2009 and started a family together residing in the Village of Dansville with her three children and welcomed a new baby girl with Brian in May 2010. They purchased a new home and began their lives together on North Elizabeth St.
Kerry Ann is predeceased by her father, Michael Malone on September 15, 2015 and her father in-law Robert Wood on June 8, 2012. She is survived by her husband Brian; her children, Devin, Gabrielle, Lillia and Briley; her mother, Agusta (Newman) Malone; her brother, Michael (Cassie Hamilton) Malone; her mother in-law, Kay (Nutt) Wood; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and close dear friends.
Friends may call 2-4 & 7-9 pm, Friday, May 10th at the Dansville Four Square Church, West Ave. Dansville where a memorial service will be held 11 am, Saturday, May 11th.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Kerry Ann's memory to the ALS Association/Upstate NY Chapter, 135 Old Cove Rd. Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090 -OR- the Syracuse VA Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Attn: Volunteer Services 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210 (In memo line, please add,) "1538 SCI Unit in memory of Kerry Ann Wood"
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Chamberlin – Baird Funeral Home, 73 Main St., Dansville.