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She was born on February 10, 1931, in Streator, Illinois, the daughter of Bert Norval and Genevieve Wilson Ferrell.
Her father worked for the railroad and that brought her to Baring, Missouri where she attended school.
Phyllis married Don L. Woodward on August 30, 1947, in Kirksville, Missouri and they made their home in Edina, Missouri.
She was a homemaker, caring for their two children, but found time to help in her husband’s business during the busy season and holidays.
Phyllis was a member of the Edina Christian Church and the Classy Lassie Red Hats. She enjoyed bowling, quilting, and visiting at the Nutrition Site but most of all she loved the time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Don Woodward of Edina, Missouri; a daughter, Donita and her husband Donald Carroll of South Bend, Indiana; three daughters-in-law, Helena “Ellie” Woodward of Edina, Missouri, Sharon Culler of Edina, Missouri and Vickie Lynne of Springfield, Missouri; a sister, Sarah Jensen of Streator, Illinois; a brother-in-law, John and his wife Carol Woodward of Newburgh, Indiana; a sister-in-law, Rowena Dahler of Springdale, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Carrie, Amy, Jeff, David, Sarah, Rachel and Robert; thirteen great grandchildren, Alec, Maggie, Zoe, Kaitlynne, Tyler, Conner, Addison, Ashley, Caleb, Jonas, Mackenzie, Owen and Levi; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mickey Lynn Woodward on September 22, 2007; a brother, Don Richard Ferrell; and a brother-in-law, Dean Jensen.
Funeral Services were at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Burial was in the Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville, Missouri.
Pastor DeWayne Welborn officiated and music was provided by Carol Hayes and Brenton Karhoff. Casket Bearers were Kenny Cooper, Ralph Johnston, Ray Prebe, Steve Miller, Delbert Rourke, Brian Banks, Alva Grant, Alan Rimer, Keith Spory, Charles Gossman, Dennis Harlow and Bob Glasgow. Honorary Bearers were the Classy Lassie Red Hat Club.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Phyllis Woodward may be left to the Edina Christian Church or the Nutrition Site. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.