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Geraldine Frances (McWha) Woodyard

Posted 2022-07-31 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News-Herald on July 31, 2022 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
(personal article, page 5A)

Mrs. Geraldine Frances Woodyard "Jerri" (McWha), 92, of Lake Havasu
City, AZ, wife of James Woodyard, died peacefully surrounded by her
family on June 28, 2022.

Jerri is survived by her loving husband James Woodyard of 48 years, her
children, Katherine Cunningham and her husband, Tom of Middleton, MA and
Karyn Ellis and her husband, Fred of Lake Havasu City, AZ. Her
grandchildren, Fred Ellis and his wife Alison of New Hampshire, Kristeen
Hartwell and her husband Craig of Massachusetts, Michael-James Ellis and
his wife Loni of Arizona, Colleen Brown and her husband George of
Massachusetts, Erin Cyr and her husband Christopher of Maine, and
Rebecca Cunningham of Massachusetts. She also leaves behind her great-
grandchildren, Jack, Elli, Zarah-May, Urijah, Edward, Roland, Vernon,
Katherine and William. Her brother, Charles McWha, and many nieces,
nephews and extended family and friends. She was the sister of the late
Albert, Raymond, Robert, William, Elizabeth, Gladys, and Ellen.

Born in Lynn on June 20, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Joseph
and Elizabeth (Stanchfield) McWha. She was raised and educated in Lynn
and was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1948. She loved
being a student and was a true life-long learner. After raising her two
daughters, she continued her education at North Shore Community College.
There she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, fulfilling her
calling as a pediatric and maternity nurse, helping so many children and
their families over many years at Lynn Hospital. After 70 happy years of
living in Massachusetts, she retired to Lake Havasu City, AZ.

A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Jerri was truly
proud and appreciative of her family, encouraging them to persevere and
think independently. Jerri loved her endless shopping trips, decorating
her home with her many collectibles, and being actively involved in a 4-
wheeler club, RV club and events through the Shriners and Elks Club with
her husband. Jerri was a devout Catholic and a communicant at Our Lady
of the Lake. She loved spoiling her grandchildren and all of the dogs in
her family. She loved spending time along the ocean, putting her feet in
the sand and taking in the ocean’s beauty.

Jerri was happiest when surrounded by her family. They loved their
“Nunu” so much and will always remember her spunk and sparkles. Her
family were truly her pride and joy.

Donations may be made in Jerri’s name to Shriners Hospitals for
Children. The work of this hospital was
very important to her. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date
in Massachusetts.

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