Violet Woodward

Funeral services for Violet Jean Woodward, 93, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Central United Methodist Church in Lawrence, KS.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carbondale Cemetery in Carbondale, KS.  She died on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born on March 5, 1918 in Lyndon, KS, the daughter of Thomas and Florence Caldwell Finlay.  She grew up near Carbondale, KS.

Mrs. Woodward was a homemaker and a retired business manager for the Kansas School for the Blind in Kansas City, KS.  Prior to this, she was a business manager for the Kansas University Medical Center and the Kansas Department of Personnel.  She retired in 1983.

She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, Social Order of the Beauciants, and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.

She was married to Melvin E. Woodward on May 20, 1939 in Topeka, KS.  He preceded her in death on July 6, 1995.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith L. McNish (husband, Ron), of Overland Park, KS; a son, Jon M. Woodward (wife, Vickie), Lawrence, KS; a sister, Sara Allen, of Thousand Oaks, CA; four granddaughters, Kimberly Turner, Sarah Melius, Amanda Davis and Ashley Woodward; and one great grandchild.

The family will greet friends from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Central United Methodist Church or to the Rainbow Girls and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

7 Condolences

  1. robyn herzog on December 29, 2011 at 8:26 am

    violet was a sweet speical lady she always has a smile that will lite up a room
    my name is robyn but she always calls me april
    i will miss it soo much
    god bless robyn

  2. Karen Clark on December 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Am sorry to hear this. She was and is a very special lady. I will miss her very much. Karen

  3. Christine Hilbert on December 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Sarah, my thoughts are with you and your family during this time of loss. I will be praying for all of you.

  4. Umut & Bryan Newbury on December 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    We send our deepest sympathies to the Woodward family. It seems that Bryan’s grandmother (whose Celebration of Life service was held on Wednesday) and Mrs. Woodward had a lot in common. Both were active in UMW and Eastern Star. We share your grief in losing a strong matriarch of the family. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bryan & Umut Newbury

  5. Lois Meier on December 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Judy, please accept our sympathies for yours, Ron’s and ’Baby’ Sarah’s loss. You really look a lot like your mom. What a beautiful lady!

    Know that John and I are thinking of you as you go through this tough time….


  6. Don - Loweta Finlay on December 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Aunt Violet was such a special lady, always ready with a smile that said “you are loved”. We know you all are going to miss her so much, as is the entire family!

  7. Sherry Wealthall on December 31, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Violet’s passing. I worked in Housekeeping at Brandon Woods for several years and had the honor of knowing Violet. She always had a smile on her face!

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