Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Devoted Legal Secretary Dies in Retirement at 85

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Devoted Legal Secretary Dies in Retirement at 85

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Byline: AMELIA A. HART

FERNANDINA BEACH -- Former colleagues praised Mary Evelyn Wood this week as the rock that prosecutors in the State Attorney's Nassau County office depended on for three decades.

Mrs. Wood, 85, died Monday in Jacksonville.

She was a legal secretary in the State Attorney's Office for 30 years until retiring in 1985. Mrs. Wood shepherded a number of attorneys as they joined the Nassau County office, said County Judge Robert Williams, who worked with Mrs. Wood for 12 years.

"She certainly kept us in line," Williams said. "She was like a mother hen. She was very, very good to all of us."

Mrs. Wood was a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and was a graduate of Perry Business School in LaFollette, Tenn. She had lived in Fernandina Beach since 1943.

At the State Attorney's Office, she first worked with Thomas Shave until he became a judge, Assistant State Attorney Granville "Doc" Burgess said.

Burgess, who now is the county's chief prosecutor, said Mrs. …

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