Rachel (Baird) Woodring (1939 - 2017)

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Rachel Baird Woodring, 77, of Zionville and Sunset Beach went to her heavenly home Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. She died peacefully at her home in Zionville, surrounded by her family.
Born Dec. 9, 1939, in Watauga County, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Allie Johnson Baird. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, John William Baird and Clarence "Bud" Baird; her sisters-in-law, Ruby Woodring Idol and Pearl Woodring Watson; and her brothers-in-law Jimmy Hollars, Rabon Taylor, Odell Woodring and Ronda Woodring.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Earl Woodring; three children, Glenda Washburn and husband, Bob, of Boone, Brenda Miller and husband, Ricky, of Zionville and Steve Woodring and wife, Piper, of Boone; six grandchildren, Matthew Washburn and wife, Brittnai, of Huntersville, Sarah Eggers and husband, Braxton, of Boone, Callie Crump and husband, Matt, of Vilas, Samuel Washburn of Boone, Ethan Woodring of New York City, and Rebekah Washburn of Boone; two great-grandchildren, Graham and Davis Eggers of Boone; her sister, Mildred Hayes and husband, Bobby, of Arnoldsville, Ga.; her sisters-in-law, Thelma Taylor, Wilma Sutherland and Lona Woodring; her brothers-in-law, Nulan Watson and Bill Idol; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Rachel was a longtime member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she served in many roles, including as a preschool Sunday school teacher for more than 30 years, as well as WMU leader and member. She worked at Shadowline for many years before working in the history department at Appalachian State University. She retired from Samaritan's Purse after more than 20 years. Rachel spent much of her time and energy serving others and enjoyed using her talents to do so. She was a hard worker who dedicated herself wholeheartedly to what the Lord asked of her and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. Her children and grandchildren loved going to "Grandmother's" for Sunday dinner. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafting and decorating her home. She had a large flower and vegetable garden and often shared her bountiful harvest with others.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Rachel Baird Woodring were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Boone.
Graveside services and burial immediately followed the service at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Rachel loved beautiful flowers, so flowers were appreciated. On a recent trip to Kenya, she also became passionate about providing new facilities for students at the Makuuni Primary School in Kitui South, Kenya. You may donate to this school by check made payable to Samaritan's Purse and mailed to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607. (Please make a note on the check that it is in memory of Rachel Woodring.)
Online condolences may be shared with the Woodring family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Woodring family.

Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25, 2017