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Virginia Woodruff

Virginia Woodruff
September 13, 1923 - April 7, 2014
Virginia Woodruff took her Lord and Savior by the hand in the early hours of Monday, April 7, 2014. She was born September 13, 1923 on a farm along the shores of Lake Lowell. She attended the Lone Star School and graduated from Nampa High School in 1942. Virginia accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age, which greatly influenced her entire life.
Shortly after graduation from high school she married Joyce E. Woodruff on June 8, 1942. They lived a short time in Nampa while Joyce (Woody) worked for the railroad. A daughter, Beverly was born into this union. Joyce and Virginia moved to Mountain Home when they were needed to work the Woodruff Homestead. There she was thrust into becoming a farmer's wife and cooking for a houseful of farm workers during hay season. After three years they sold the farm due to health issues and moved back to Nampa where they spent the rest of their lives.
Virginia worked for Kings Packing Co., Crookham Co., and spent many years working for Birdseye during the spinach and lima bean harvests.
Joyce and Virginia were members of Calvary Baptist Church where they were youth leaders for a few years. Later they joined Berean Baptist Church that became Hope Baptist Church where Virginia always took part in the missionary circles rolling bandages, stitching quilts and using her musical talents in choirs or playing the piano. She loved textile painting and later reading and word search puzzles.
Mom had a great music talent. She could hear a piece of music. Pick out the melody on the piano and soon could play it in concert. I remember many hours in her spare time she would sit at the piano practicing or just for her own enjoyment. She had a beautiful voice. Her high school teacher wanted her to go on to become a professional singer. However, a certain man selling milk to my granddad on the farm started wooing her with the mooing. Shortly after she graduated from high school, she was married. Mom sang solos, in ensembles and choirs in whatever church they belonged to. I was in choir before I was born. When I attended high school and took choir, Mom and I sang many duets together. My most precious and exciting memory was when we attended a Billy Graham Crusade in Fresno, CA in the late 50's. We were under the direction of Cliff Barrows, and what a choir director he was. A couple of years before, "How Great Thou Art" was published and this was one of the few times that George Beverly Shea sang it. So we will conclude this service with this great hymn.
Virginia is preceded in death by her husband Joyce, and parents Theodore and Hessie Cline. Surviving is daughter Beverly (James) Holcomb, grandson Mark (Amy) Holcomb and great-granddaughter Grace of Wilmington, NC, and grandson Timothy (Morline) Holcomb and great-granddaughter LaTesha Cook of Lake Orion, MI.
A special thank you for the loving care and compassion by the staff at Streamside Assisted Living and Legacy Hospice. A private burial service will be held on Friday at Koherlawn Cemetery, and a memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, April 12 at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. So., Nampa. (208) 466-3545


Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 9, 2014
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