In Memory of

Shirley Ann Woodford

November 17, 1925 - March 26, 2018
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Webb, IA
Shirley Ann Woodford

Shirley Ann Woodford

Born: November 17, 1925
Died: March 26, 2018
Age: 92

Send Flowers

Send Condolences

View Tribute

Print Obituary

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

     Shirley Woodford was born November 17, 1925 to Jesse and Iva Miller.  Shirley was the oldest of five children.  She and her family lived around Sac City and Lake View and later on a farm near Sioux Rapids.  Shirley graduated from Cornell High School and later graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa.

     Shirley married Harry Woodford at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa December 21, 1946.  After their marriage, they farmed in the Webb and Gillett Grove areas and were active members of the Trinity United Methodist Church.  They had three children: Janet, Craig and Diane.  Shirley was a stay-at-home mother who enjoyed participating in clubs, church activities and leading 4-H clubs and scout activities while her children were school age.  She also worked as a substitute teacher on occasion.  After she and her husband, Harry, bought a farm they decided that she would return to the classroom.  Shirley loved being an elementary school teacher.  She worked full time from 1968 until 1987 when she retired.

     After Harry died in 1990, she moved to Spencer in 1992.  She became an active member of Grace United Methodist Church.  She participated in UMW, Womens’ clubs such as PEO, card clubs and worked with hospice and provided support to others through this organization.  She visited the elderly and sick in the community.

     A favorite memory of the Woodford family is of the family vacations they took every summer at the insistence of Shirley.  Harry did not always like busy city traffic in places like San Diego and Colorado City where relatives resided but nevertheless he insisted on doing the driving while Shirley read the maps.  Vacations helped the family develop a different perspective from their rural roots in the Webb community where they lived all their lives.

     Shirley would be best described as a social and determined individual with an altruistic and independent streak.

     She passed away at Longhouse in Spencer on Monday, March 26, 2018 at the age of 92.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister in infancy and two brothers.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Craig Woodford of Gillett Grove, Janet (Bill) Minner of Topeka, KS and Diane (Mike) Wehner of Perry IA; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren; two sisters:  Marjorie Cooper and Donna Rath; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
Rev. Tonna Parsons
Kyle Wehner
Lance Minner
Ross Woodford
Barry Anderson
David Donaldson
Tim Grey
Visitation will begin 2:30 P.M., Friday, March 30th with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M. Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"What A Wondrous Love Is This"
By The Congregation

"I Will Rise"
By Laura Carlentini

PIANIST: Ray Meyer
Garfield Cemetery
Rural Webb, Iowa
1:00 P.M,. Saturday, March 31 following the lunch at the church.


Friday, March 30, 2018 at 8:22 AM
“I have such fond memories of spending time in the Woodford home. Shirley was our 4-H leader and taught us a lot! My sympathy to all.”
- Nancy Carlson Johannes
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:51 PM
“Diane, Craig and Janet, so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.”
- Connie Alger Peters
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:28 PM
“She will be very missed. Wish I could've seen her more recently but I will always have fond memories of her. ”
- Harmonie LaPierre
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 12:15 PM
“Craig, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please accept our sincere condolence's. Jim & Jan Rusk.”
- Jan Rusk
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 8:12 PM
- Jim and Pat Hynes
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:36 PM
“I remember her well. A long, happy and useful life......”
- Nancy Larsen
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:36 PM
“To the Woodford family,
So sorry for your loss. I too, was a former South Clay student who had Mrs Woodford for a teacher, and she was a very caring person. May your memories bring you comfort at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Mark & Alene (Brinkley) Peters and Family
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:06 PM
“to the family of Shirley Woodford, May you find comfort in happy memories and in knowing you brought her much joy. Nobody loves you quite the way your Mama does and she will forever be in your hearts. Mrs. Woodford was substitute teacher often for my class in grade school at Gillett Grove. She took what can be a thankless job and smiled every time like she was pleased to see us again. She had a sweet way of being able to control energetic kids but letting us have fun while we learned. I regret I will not be able to attend services to honor this gracious lady. I love the picture on this site. Mrs. Woodford had a serene youthful beauty. I will always remember her. God’s peace, LaVonne & Gary ”
- LaVonne( Salton) and Gary Anderson
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:06 PM
“So sorry to hear about Shirley. Heaven has gained a beautiful new angel.”
- Virginia Grey
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:11 PM
“Sorry to hear about Shirley. She always said I was her favorite student. But I think she said that to a lot of people.”
- Randy Koenig
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 1:18 PM
“Our Deepest Condolences for the family of Shirley....I, {Linda} had the privilege of working with Shirley, many years ago, at the Webb School Sysrem.....She was always a gracious lady....So saddened to hear of her passing....”
- Denny and Linda Adams
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 10:32 AM
“Aunt Shirley was a caring teacher, mother and sister. Janet, Craig and Diane will continue to embody her selflessness with loyalty, laughter and love. Peace to all.”
- Susan Cooper Parker
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 8:34 AM
“Treated me like a son....called her mom❤️👀”
- Lee Henderson
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 5:28 PM
“I was so sorry to hear the news that Aunt Shirley passed away. She was a great part of our family and we will all miss her. Love, Steve and Mary”
- Mary Rund
Send Your Condolences

Copyright © 2017 Warner Funeral Homes & Crematory. All Rights Reserved. Site design by Emagine