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Violet E. Woods

Violet E. Woods

Violet E. Woods died in Portland, Ore., on October 10, 2007. She was 93. Born near Warsaw, Mo., on January 10, 1914, she was the only daughter of Oscar and Lizzie Shore. The family moved to their Fountain Grove, Mo. farm near

Meadville, Mo. As a young woman, Violet boarded away for her high school diploma.

Widowed twice before the age of 42, Violet's first marriage was to Kenneth Allen in 1933. They owned an ice business and a small restaurant in Meadville where their son, James, was born. Kenneth died at the age of 30.

Walter Russell Woods and Violet married in 1939. Their two children, Richard and Phyllis, were born in Kansas City, Mo. In 1951, the family relocated to Central Point, Ore., where Russell worked at Elk Lumber Company until his death in 1955. With two children to raise, Violet worked in the Central Point school system. She became head cook and a buyer,

retiring in 1979.

In retirement, near Jacksonville, Ore., Violet loved to read, enjoy the mountain views and be with her children and grandchildren. She was an active member of the Central Point First Presbyterian Church. In the 1950s, Violet was the seventh woman to be ordained a Deacon. Frugal and not wanting to be a burden, she later enjoyed 18 years at "T'Morrow for the Elderly" apartments, followed by two years at Fountain Plaza.

Violet struggled with Alzheimer's disease in her last years. She moved to Cedar Creek Assisted Living in Sherwood, Ore., to be near her children. Increasing frailty resulted in a fall and surgery a year later. After recuperation, she lived in the adult foster care home of Emilia Butnaru until her death.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, Floyd Shore of Medford, Ore., and Leslie Shore of Uniontown, Kans.

Survivors include sons, James Allen of Westminster, Calif., and Richard Woods of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Phyllis White and husband, David of Beaverton, Ore.; grandchildren Christine McKown of West Seattle, Wash., Pamela Morgan and husband, Phillip and their children, Natalie and

Christopher of Roseburg, Ore., and Greg White and wife, Lisa and his sons, Joshua and Austin of Medford; three stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and brother, Russell Shore and wife, Betty of Kansas City, Mo.

To honor our Mother's sacrifice and devotion, a memorial tree planting and scattering of her ashes will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 104 Arnold Lane, Medford.

Violet E. Woods