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.