Tara M. Wood was born on March 16, 1976 to Rocky and Patricia Wood at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. She grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico and graduated from Artesia High School in 1994. She graduated from Lubbock Christian College in 2002. She attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Masters of Toxicology and from the Texas Tech School of Law with a J.D. in 2005. She was licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico.
Survivors are her husband, Dwayne Cephus of the family home, her son Chance Cephus of Lubbock, Texas, her daughter Meghan Cephus of the family home, her mother, Patricia Wood of Artesia, New Mexico her maternal grandmother, Jeanette Owens of Artesia, New Mexico, her sisters, Rachael LaBlance, Kansas City, IL and Bettie (Daniel) of Ohio her paternal grandmother, Claudine Davis and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Kaylee Wood Cephus, her maternal grandfather, Charles Kuehler, her father, Rocky Wood and her paternal grandfather Dave E. Wood.
Tara worked as a Public Defender, as a prosecutor for the District Attorney’s office and operated her own practice, Wood Law, LLC at the time of her death.