Vickie "Gail" Woodruff, 59, after her long, courageous battle with several serious health issues, took her journey home to heaven to greet her Lord, Jesus Christ on June 21, 2013 at Island Hospital. She has heard those words of her heavenly Father, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter now into the joys of your Master".
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Gail was born on November 19, 1953 in Lebanon, Oregon, the daughter of Pastor Virgil "Bud" and Patricia Grogan. With four sisters and one brother there was never a dull moment.
Gail spent her childhood growing up in Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon. She attended James John's grade school and high school in North Portland. Gail was outgoing and very involved in school and cheerleading. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1971.
After high school, Gail joined the work force working for Northwest Insurance in Portland as a receptionist for a time. In 1973, she moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend Northwest Christian College.
While at NCC Gail fell in love with Dwight Woodruff he was a senior. They courted briefly and were married on December 29, 1973 in Portland, Oregon. Gail followed him as he was called in Pastoral ministry, and they served together in several congregations for over 25 years, most recently at New Hope Christian Fellowship. Gail was a preschool teacher at Anacortes Christian Church for many years. She was and is to this day affectionately known as "Teacher Gail", by former students who are long out of school and still remember her fondly.
She held many different jobs in the Anacortes School District....a bus monitor, working with special needs children, and for "Transition" alternative schooling. Altogether she worked for the School District for over 12 years. She was loved by her students and staff.
Throughout her almost 40 years as a Pastor's wife and ministry partner, Gail served her husband and church faithfully and tirelessly. As pastor's kids, she made the ideal wife for ministry. She used her gift of song and love for worship, leading music and serving as the Worship Director.
Those who knew Gail were aware that she was a fighter. She fought through a number of major surgeries, procedures, and hospital stays, without complaining and grew tougher as a result. Her life is an inspiration to everyone that crossed her path. She will be missed, for her courage, her infectious smile, her sense of humor, her desire to serve, her love for all people, and her deep faith in the Lord.
Gail was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil "Bud" and Patricia Grogan.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dwight; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Jason Miller; son Ryan "Woody" Woodruff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vanessa and Randall Horning, Becky and Sherm Harmer, Diana and John Richardson, and Teresa Grogan; and brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Kerry Grogan. Gail had the chance to meet her grandson, Elliott Miller, and he was the apple of her eye. Aunt Gail was loved by 8 nieces; 7 nephews; as well as many extended family members and friends.
The family wishes to especially thank Gail's doctors, including Dr. Margaret Sweeny, Dr. Theodore Hegg, and Dr. Vidhu Paliwal for the excellent care and kindness they gave Gail in very hard circumstances. Thanks also go out to the staff at Island Family Physicians and the Lab that did blood work every week for the past couple of years. Thanks to Island Hospital's ER and ICU, especially "super nurse" Ray in ICU.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Christian Fellowship, 1319-35th Street, Anacortes, WA, 98221. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2013 at New Hope Christian Fellowship with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Gail, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 25, 2013