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Juanita Rose Woody Piggott

Juanita Rose Woody Piggott, age 92, formerly of Murfreesboro, passed away in her home on August 2, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and joins her husband, Robert Crawford Piggott who, after a loving and devoted marriage of 69 years, predeceased her by six months.

Known as "Woody" most of her life, which perfectly fit her personality and spirit, Woody was witty, effervescent, and a joy to be around.

Born in Eberle, Illinois and raised in Effingham, Woody was the daughter of Arlin Mills Woody and Mary Richeson Woody.

Predeceased by a son, Robert Piggott of Marietta, Georgia, Woody leaves behind a loving family, Jane Piggott Henderson (Dick) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Tom Piggott (Mary) of Wilson, North Carolina; a daughter-in-law, Loie Piggott of Marietta, Georgia; grandchildren, Rhyne Piggott (Whitney) of Brooklyn, New York, Lucie Piggott Burchfield (John) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Will Henderson (Christian) of New York, New York, Katie Henderson of New York, New York, Maggie Piggott Lyons (Troy) of Washington, DC and Laura Piggott of Raleigh, North Carolina; and five great-grandchildren, Harrison, Mary Evans, Will, Opal and Parker.

She was predeceased by a sister, Maisie Woody Peterson of Canton, Ohio.

Woody graduated from Stephens College in 1941 with an Associate in Arts degree, and was a 1943 graduate from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and a proud member of the Stephens Briggadettes, a women's orchestra in which she played the trombone.

Woody was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) through Jeremiah Boone of Virginia, a descendant of Daniel Boone.

A devoted wife, a proud mother, Woody was a gifted seamstress, a competitive bridge player, and a loving homemaker, opening her heart and her home to all who passed through her door. She provided a home away from home to the friends who attended college with her children. All who knew Woody will remember her sense of humor and her loyalty and love of family. She never met a stranger, had a repertoire of jokes for anyone she encountered along the way, and was never at a loss for words.

Woody, along with her family, was especially grateful for the loving care provided by caregivers, Deborah Mangum and Christine Batts.

A Memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, August 23rd at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or to a .

Published in The Daily News Journal on Aug. 17, 2013
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