Anne Woodell
1936 - 2017
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Anne Woodell
November 5, 1936 - January 25, 2017
Oakland, CA USA
Service for Anne (Morrow) Woodell, February 18th, 1pm at Zion Lutheran Church, 5201 Park Blvd.,Piedmont, CA 94611
Anne Woodell, longstanding citizen and tireless volunteer for the city of Oakland, passed away on January 25, 2017, surrounded by the love of her family. Anne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, daughter of John and Dorothy Morrow of Ann Arbor. She graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1954 and maintained friendships with her Ann Arbor classmates throughout her life.
Anne graduated from the University of Michigan in 1958 where she was actively involved in the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority with whom she kept ties her entire life. Following her marriage to William (Bill) T. Woodell in July, 1959, she moved to California, eventually settling in Oakland's Montclair district where she and Bill raised their two sons. She is survived by her husband, William, and her brothers: Thomas Morrow of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and John Morrow of Sherwood, Wisconsin. She is also survived by her two sons and their families: Tom and Jeanine (Giambruno)Woodell of Santa Clara, CA and their children Bryce and Erin; and John and Kirsten Keith Woodell of Menlo Park, CA and their children, Claire and Liam.
In 1961 Anne Woodell worked for the UC Berkeley student housing office until her son Tom was born in 1963. Anne became passionately involved in local and national politics as early as 1966. She first became involved with Oakland's parks, when, in 1974, then-Mayor John Reading appointed her as the second woman ever to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. Anne went on to serve on PRAC for twenty-seven years. Anne founded the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation in 1981, helping to assemble a group of committed citizens to help Oakland's park system develop new parks, and renovate totlots, playing fields and recreation centers.
Also of note, Anne served on the Board of Trustees of Children's Fairyland from 1974-2001 and the Dunsmuir House and Garden Board of Trustees from 1978-2001, and the Oakland Municipal Band committee from 1998-2016 supporting the all-volunteer organization to support one of the oldest municipal bands in the country.
Additionally, she was involved in a myriad of Oakland organizations over the course of her lifetime including being a founding member of the Oakland Arts Council (1976 – 1986), and participation in the Oakland Museum Landscape Council (1978-1998), Oakland-East Bay Garden Center (1995-2016), City Stables Advisory Council (1998-2002), Metropolitan Equestrian Preservation Society (2002-2016), Oakland Parks Coalition (2001-2016), Alameda County Historical Society (1998-2016), Oakland Public Schools Budget Advisory Committee (1996-1998), and the Hillside Gardeners of Montclair (1974-2016) among others. In 2000, Anne was named Citizen of the Year by the New Oakland Committee and in 2009, she was named Mother of the Year by Oakland Parks and Recreation. Anne treasured the years she rowed with the Oakland Women's Rowing Club, also known as the 'Ladies of the Lake," and enjoyed social activities and water aerobics as a member at the Claremont Hotel for 39 years. In January 2016 Anne was honored by the Oakland Garden Club at an event where they dedicated a statue and plaque that recognizes that Anne's "footprints (are) permanently etched in the heart of Oakland Parks and Recreation." Anne Woodell was not only a fierce advocate for the parks, bands, arts, and gardens of Oakland but for the people of Oakland.
Information regarding services and memorials may be obtained through Albert Brown Mortuary's website:
Please make checks payable to the "UCSF Foundation" and on the memo line include "B3201-HemOnc Fellows" and a note indicating that the gift is in memory of "Anne Woodell".
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Published in East Bay Times on Feb. 12, 2017.
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August 27, 2017
Anne was the hardest working volunteer and Oakland was the beneficiary. Thinking of her this summer and the pleasant Sunday band concerts at Lake Merritt that she kept going for many years and was a happy presence there dressed in red-white-and blue.
Yvonne Byron
February 20, 2017
Yes, a classy lady, who let me into the "school of Anne" when I retired and looked for ways to help out around Oakland.
Barbara Goldenberg
February 14, 2017
It was always a pleasure to be with Anne
Astrid Lacitis
February 13, 2017
As a nearby neighbor in Montclair, I admire Anne's lifelong commitment to the city of Oakland and her strong spirit that allowed her to meet challenges with resolve during her later lifetime. She is a inspiring example to us all.
I send my sincere sympathy to the family.


Fran Dean
Frances Dean
February 10, 2017
It was a pleasure working on the Pioneer class reunion committee with her. She will be missed.
Marcia Rayment-Schmid
February 9, 2017
A classy lady who will be missed by many.
Joe Loukotka
February 7, 2017
I was saddened to learn that Anne had passed away. We were room mates for many years at Recreation and Parks conventions, Board Meetings and NRPA Washington,DC meetings. She was such a wonderful,considerate person. She will be missed.
Myrtle Braxton
February 7, 2017
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
February 5, 2017
Anne was instrumental in establishing class reunions for her Ann Arbor High School class of 1954 for over 25 years. She will be missed. Thanks to Anne We will cherish the memories forever. Our hearts go out to her family during this sad time.
Dian Hague Rentschler AAHS Class of 1954
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