WOODS, Martha Julia Cazel
Martha Julia Cazel Woods passed away peacefully Christmas Day 2013 at the age of 100 in Pasadena, California. She was born July 22, 1913 to Coral Wesley Cazel and Clara Poff Cazel in Santa Monica, California. Martha moved to Pasadena at the age of 13 with her siblings Neva, Virgil and Betty. Martha married Ray Gilbert Woods November 24, 1932 and they shared 58 years together. Ray served on the Pasadena Board of City
Directors from 1951 to 1963 which included being Mayor of Pasadena several terms. Martha enjoyed her role of being Pasadena's First Lady. They had a son Richard Gilbert Woods who was tragically killed in 1969 as a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer at the age of 29. Her daughter in law Dixie Lee Woods passed away in 1973 and her husband Ray passed away in 1990.
Martha graduated from the Wolfe School of Design and loved to design and make clothing. She worked with Edith Head designing costumes, as well. Through the years Martha gave her time and creative talents to many organizations and was a former President of the Shakespeare Club Juniors. Martha also enjoyed her over 30 years working for Pasadena area doctors offices. After retirement she volunteered at the Huntington Memorial Hospital surgical waiting room and packed/delivered Meals on Wheels and developed many special friendships.
Martha is survived by her sister Betty Cazel Gobrecht, two granddaughters Victoria Chase and Jennifer Woods and 3 great grandsons Tyler, Branden and Destrey.
Martha was loved and adored by so many and an inspiration to all who knew her. Not only was Martha a sister and grandmother but she was also a wonderful and special aunt, great-aunt and great-great aunt. Her gracious spirit and smile touched the lives of so many and we will continue to cherish our memories of her warmth and kindness the rest of our lives. We love you Martha and you will be missed. A special thank you to her loving caregivers, Vitas Hospice and her Regency Park Astoria family where she lived for 9 years. At her request no services will be held. Memorials may be made to Pasadena Presbyterian Church where she was a member for 80 years and the Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 22, 2014