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Mary Jo (Deavenport) Woodward


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Mary Jo (Deavenport) Woodward Obituary
Woodward (Deavenport), Mary Jo 08/23/1926 ~ 11/10/2013 PACIFIC BEACH -- Mary Jo was born in Breakenridge, Texas, the daughter of Teddy and Mary Donia "Molly" Watkins. Her father was a foreman for Gulf Oil which meant that Mary Jo and her sister Joyce grew up moving around the Texas plains. As a result, Mary Jo and Joyce stayed closest of sisters throughout life. Mary Jo graduated Panhandle High School in 1943, and later graduated North Texas State in 1947, along with her sister, Joyce (Chapman, class of 1949). Mary Jo met Joe Earl Deavenport while he was studying Electronics at the U.S. Naval Academy and they were married in 1949. They moved to San Diego in 1951 where Joe Earl worked at the Naval Electronics Lab (NEL). They settled in Clairemont where Diane, David, Dara and Denise were born and they lived for 10 years. Their backyard neighbors at the time were the Woodwards, and their families grew to be best friends, with the kids going to school together and sharing vacations. In 1966, the family moved to Pacific Beach where Mary Jo was an active member of the Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach. Mary Jo was a dedicated mom supporting her kids' activities as a Girl Scout Leader, PTA member, Little League fan and ballet mom. Mary Jo was a gracious hostess opening her home to family and friends for all occasions and was the life of the party. She was a member of Las Companeros chapter of the Children's Home Society for over forty years. Mary Jo enjoyed the theater and attended all the plays at the Circle Arts and the Old Globe. She was one of the early Globe Guilders and often helped backstage. Because of her love for the arts, after her kids were grown, Mary Jo took art classes and over time, became a talented watercolor and acrylic painter. She was a past president of the Clairemont Art Guild, a member of the San Diego Water Color Society and the La Jolla Art Association. She won awards in several local judged and juried shows. When Joe Earl died in 2002, Mary Jo reconnected with lifelong friend Jim Woodward, whose wife had passed away, and they were married in 2009. Jim and Mary Jo moved in 2011 to Wesley Palms in Pacific Beach where they were very happy and enjoyed life to the fullest. Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Jim Woodward; her sister Billie Joyce Chapman of Houston, Texas; her children Diane Busch, David Deavenport, Dara Hembury, all in San Diego, and Denise Freeman (New Hampshire). She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for Mary Jo on December 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Congregational Church, 2088 Beryl Street, Pacific Beach. Flowers or donations may be made in her honor to the Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 17, 2013
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