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Nina Wood

Nina WoodOn a farm along White River, where the Bull Shoals Dam now stands, Nina Mae Wood was born August 9, 1932 to Floyd and Myrtle Kirkland, the second of eight children.  She grew up fishing with a cane pole, farming with mules and rode horseback, always looking for a race.  After attending a one-room schoolhouse through 8th grade, Nina graduated from Flippin High School in 1950 and was captain of the basketball team, making all state in 1949 and 1950. 

On April 21, 1951, Nina married her high school sweetheart, Forrest L. Wood and thus began a full life of farming, raising cattle and hogs, and working a float trip and construction business.  Forrest and Nina were blessed with four beautiful daughters and it was all hands on deck working to keep boats clean, cooking lunches for customers, and keeping vehicles where they needed to be.   Nina was also the bookkeeper for all of their business endeavors, but her passion was the outdoors and she found time to enjoy the farming way of life and encouraged her girls to ride and show quarter horses, winning numerous awards.  Nina and her family have always been involved in school activities and her support of local schools and programs is beyond generous. 

Widely known and respected as the First Lady of Ranger Boats, Nina has always represented the sport of fishing in a positive and supportive manner.  For nearly 50 years she has encouraged many young fishermen and women and followed through with sponsorship, mentorship, and friendship.  From the onset, Nina was an integral part of the business, handling promotions, advertising, and bookkeeping, all the while successfully taking care of a home and family, a farming operation, and float trip and construction businesses. 

Nina has always fostered positive attitudes and has had positive effects on many lives, our times, and our economy.  She has been honored in Las Vegas for The Life and Times of Forrest and Nina Wood, inducted into the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, and she and Forrest were enshrined as a couple in the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.  She was the very first lifetime member of the Bass 'N Gal Tournament Organization and was featured in "Rare Breed - The Entrepreneur, An American Culture".  She and Forrest were featured on Outdoor Life Network's, Circle of Honor Program as Americans who have made great contributions to protection of the environment and promotion of the great outdoors.  Nina was also honored by The Bass Fishing Federation with presentation of customized bowling balls, bag, and shoes at the Forrest Wood Cup High School fishing event for her contributions to the promotion of fishing for young people.  Locally Forrest and Nina were inducted into the Flippin High School Hall of Fame and were honored by the naming of the Forrest and Nina Wood Preschool on the Flippin Public School campus.

Nina continues to ride herd over the family's extensive cattle ranch, and often enjoys the company of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with a history of fishing and camping as a family.  For 40 years, she has enjoyed and excelled at bowling with a team of dear family and friends.  She and Forrest continue to support Ranger Boats and promote fishing at every opportunity, traveling as needed to boat shows and fishing events all over the country.