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Jean F. Woodman, 103

1906 - 2010 ARLINGTON, VT Jean Florence Maw Woodman, 103, died peacefully at her home in West Arlington on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.

Born Nov. 4, 1906, in Provo, Utah, daughter of Charles and Margaret Maw, she received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and her Masters from Stanford University, both in English. Having taught school briefly at an Indian reservation in Utah, as a young woman, she moved to New York City and pursued various careers, including acting, editorial work for a publication of the American Foundation for the Blind and later Sports Illustrated, also working with Thomas Wolfe.

On Aug. 15, 1936, Jean married Herbert B. 'Woody' Woodman; he predeceased her in 1991.

In 1940, Jean's novel, Glory Spent, was published. In 1943, Jean and Woody bought an old farmhouse on River Road and began renovating and improving it, traveling to Vermont from New York City some weekends and large portions of the summers. In 1983 they retired and moved permanently to Arlington.

Jean was a keen and wide-ranging reader, an expert gardener, a lover of classical music, and maintained a wide circle of friends. She avidly followed politics and was a supporter of environmental issues.

She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and John Stopford of London, England; grandsons and their wives, Robert (Robin) and Astrid Stopford, and Nicholas and Zoe Stopford, all of London; four great-grandchildren, Oliver, Lucy, Sam, and Penelope, all of London; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service in celebration of Jean's life will be conducted in July on a date to be announced.

Friends wishing to make a memorial donation may choose to donate to the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library or the Arlington Rescue Squad through Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, Arlington Chapel Historic Route 7A, Arlington, VT.

Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 18, 2010
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