Eleanor Margaret Woodyard

25 décembre , 192716 février , 2020

We are greatly saddened by the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend, Eleanor. Mom loved Jesus and was confident in her knowledge that she would be spending eternity with her loving God in heaven. Predeceased by her parents Frederick and Vera Hall, husband, Ted Woodyard, infant son, John, and second husband, Donald Naylor. Intensely missed by her three sons, Steve (Monika), Jim (Ann), Paul (Paivi); daughters, Nancy Bissell (Charles), and Sylvia (Dawn); 13 grandchildren (Catherine, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Joanna, Mark, David, Julia, Curtis, Natalie, Calvin, Michaela, Nolan and Andrew) and 2 great-grandchildren (Ariana and Evan). Also missing Elly are her sisters-in-law Marie and Winane, niece, Leslie and Mom’s step children Janet (Doug), Leslie (Ken), Barb (Ian) and Gordon (Barb) and dear friends from Ontario through to the West Coast to England.

Mom’s life touched many other friends and acquaintances from church and community. We often joked that she helped Hallmark stay afloat: Mom had cards at the ready for every eventuality in her family and friends’ lives, right to the end. Mom grew up in Victoria, B.C. where she was lovingly raised by her parents and grandparents. Her generosity of spirit, love for God, aptitude for music, sense of humour and compassion were at the core of her upbringing. She trained as a nurse at Jubilee Hospital in Victoria which allowed her to be a part time working mother at different points in her life, culminating in her years of service at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. When Mom retired from nursing in the mid 80’s, she worked part time at “Sign of the Fish” Christian bookstore which fed her already well-established love of reading. Mom met Dad in elementary school, began dating in high school and they married in 1951, enjoying 52 years together. Dad’s career led them to London, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Mexico, Ottawa, Seattle then North Vancouver. Mom had a beautiful singing voice and played piano for church communities along the way. Mom would welcome her children’s friends into her home; many of the shared stories since Mom passed are of how she made everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Mom knit her signature baby sweater, hat and booties for countless little ones as long as she could. Mom loved being a grandma, and she and Dad cared for the children whenever and however they could. Mom and Dad traveled quite a bit across the country and to England in their retirement years. She lost her mother suddenly to a stroke in 1973, and lovingly cared for her father and our Dad until their passing in 1997 and 2003, respectively. In 2006, Mom found love again and married Donald Naylor, a high school friend of hers and Dad’s. She and Don traveled throughout Canada as well as to Hawaii. Mom and Don shared many interests at the core of which was connecting with their families. Don’s children and grandchildren occupied a special place in Mom’s heart.

In her last years, Mom’s heart disease took its toll on her body, but her mind and heart were untouched. With help from the family, Mom lived independently until September, 2019. We thank the staff of Lynn Valley Care Centre, Manor 3 for their loving care during these last few months. Her faith carried her through many hard times in her life and this was no different. Mom was an example of unwavering commitment to her family and her love for Jesus.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Union Gospel Mission, or the charity of your choice. Service to be held February 28, 2020, 2 p.m. at Sutherland Church, North Vancouver. Refreshments to follow.

“Bye for now”, Mom. We love you so deeply and will miss you.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.firstmemorialnorthvancouver.com for the Woodyard family.


  • Eleanor Margaret Woodyard vendredi, 28 février , 2020


Eleanor Margaret Woodyard


Ruth Haack

10 mars , 2020

Good memories of Eleanor, a very caring friend

Colin & Christine Amos

29 février , 2020

Amongst the first to welcome us as newly married immigrants to Canada in 1969 Eleanor always made us feel at home with her family. With them we laughed and relaxed, her Sunday roast dinners beyond compare and our English accents and terminology always a source of amusement! Christmas 1969 Eleanor and Ted demonstrated their caring attitude and love by 'checking out' our apartment in Bell Street, Ottawa and presenting us with a very useful Christmas present, our first laundry hamper!
We have many memories to treasure and remeber her by. The photograph was taken in their Ottawa home.

Martine Deguise

27 février , 2020

I so remember the Bible studies at your place back in the 80s when we were living in North Van... How you welcolmed us in your life.... I remember when you and Ted came to Quebec and stayed overnight at our place: we visited my parents, and the next day had lunch in St-Hubert bbq.... I will always remember the time I spent with you in 2017 with Monica, then in 2019 with Sylvia...... I love you Mommy Woodyard, you will always be my Western Mom, see you in heaven ! xoxo

Sharon Morris

27 février , 2020

Eleanor and I are cousins. My regret is I haven’t spent much time with her or got to know her family. I so enjoyed her cards and letters. She never missed my birthday, don’t know how she remembered! I was her flower girl in 1951! You were so privileged to have a Mom like her. I know you will miss her greatly. She was always so positive, cheerful and giving even though she suffered with her arthritis . Thinking of you all today. Hugs.

Rebecca Durant

25 février , 2020

I have many memories of Mrs. Woodyard from my childhood, through my teen years, as Sylvia's friend and as a former member of Sutherland Bible Chapel. Eleanor was truly always full of grace - a Godly woman defined. She had a such a warm smile - it would light up a room, and had a special sense about her that would make anyone feel welcome, loved and on her level. I always felt like someone special around her. God's love truly emanated through her. I am glad that we crossed paths in this life - and I know we will cross paths again one day.

Praying for all her family, friends and everyone who knew and loved her, as they work through this time of transition. 93 years! What a blessing.

Grant Wilkinson

23 février , 2020

Eleanor Woodyard was my friend as well the mother of my very best friend, Sylvia. Although there is almost 40 years difference in our ages, Eleanor was always welcoming and interested in my life. She could hold conversations that covered such a range of topics - always interesting, relevant and in line with contemporary issues. She was youthful and unafraid to share her opinions without being judgemental. She had such insight into herself and others and held herself with a confident dignity. Whenever I had the opportunity to visit Vancouver, I usually found time for a visit with El and it was always a highlight of my time out West. We even kept communication through texting which she would do on her flip phone. This always meant so much to me because texting on a flip phone takes a lot of patience and her texts were never short and always meaningful.

I will miss those visits and chats. I will miss her calming manner and her practical perspectives. I will miss her clever sense of humour. I will miss knowing that she was always there to love and support the child of one of her best friends (my mother). I will miss her.

To the Woodyard family. You have lost a great mother and a great woman. May you rest in the comfort that she is not gone - just "out of the room" for a moment. My thoughts are with you all. 92 seems too short, but how fortunate we all have been to know Eleanor Woodyard.

Lisa Bjordal

23 février , 2020

Mrs. Woodyard to me was an outstanding wife and mother and nurse par excellence.
I was going over memories with my husband and remembering her and I working together at Lions Gate Hospital doing a few night shifts and she was the RN charge nurse over a ward and entire shift she was carefree, confident and quietly she stayed on top of any challenge and that she permeated an atmosphere quiet control. That is amazing .
Sign of the Fish bookstore! Lower Lonsdale in North Van. We were so happy when she was there in the store just being herself and so gracious. Made an impact with my husband.
We had a nice visit at the Cheshire at Lonsdale Quay a few years back and it was lovely.

God bless,

Lisa Rae Bjordal

Ruth Wilkinson

20 février , 2020

There are so many memories I could put down at this time.

Eleanor was one of my dearest friends. Just to hear her voice over the phone as we chatted was a comfort and encouragement to me. I might even go as far as to say "we were kindred spirits" (taken from the novel Anne of Green Gables).

We always had a pleasant time on our trips to Vancouver when we stayed with Eleanor and Ted - good conversations and much laughter at Ted's jokes.

Eleanor and I met in Ottawa many years ago when Steve was just a toddler. I knew that we would become good friends. Eleanor always had a calming and caring way about her. She was always ready to talk, never overbearing, always pleasant. That's what makes a good friend.

I sure will miss her but know I will see her again one day.

I would like the family to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Edward Hamilton

19 février , 2020

My deepest condolences to the Woodyard family. I first met Mrs Woodyard October 1974 when I first I emigrated from N.Ireland. She struck me as a very classy lady and I'm sure others will agree with me.
Gone To Her Lord.

Karen Evans Carroll

19 février , 2020

Was so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mom. Losing a mom is so hard. I remember her as a quiet, calm, lovely lady with a beautiful smile. It has been many years but still remember her fondly. She was always welcoming whenever we visited, both in Ottawa and Vancouver. I have thought of your family often since her passing and will remember you in the days ahead which will be difficult ones. You will laugh and cry over the next many days and years remembering many many wonderful times you had with her.