On the evening of June 13, 2013 Barbara Frances Woodrum passed from this world. She suffered from an unidentified neurological illness and spent the final months of her life at home. Her last moments were peaceful. She is survived by her husband, Steve Woodrum, her sister, Katherine Luby-Phelps, two sons, Jeremy Randall Davis and Gabriel Sprague Davis, two daughters, Barbara Victoria Davis and Tina Rose Davis, and several grand-children. She came from a pioneer family that has many ties to local history. Yet it happened that she, along with L. J. Davis, raised a family in New York City. She earned a Masters degree in archeology, with the dream of working in the West. She spent the last twenty years as an archeologist and researcher in Northern California. A member of the State of Jefferson archeology society and the Shasta Historical Society, she had published many papers. She completed her last professional project this past December.
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She was born on December 21, 1940 at Fort Mills, Philippine Islands. At the age of 72, while living at her family home in Redding, she passed on, cared for by her husband, her sister, her sons and kind friends. Her remains will be placed along side those of Frances Rose Luby and Earle Bernard Luby, her mother and step-father. Her father, Captain William Harris Ball, died in wartime. Friends are welcome to a remembrance at Shasta Masonic Cemetery, 11471 Mule Town Road, Shasta, California, on Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice.
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on June 20, 2013