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Ridout's Valley Chapel

1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL

OBITUARY

Patricia Dana Woody

August 19, 1923March 21, 2020

Patricia Elizabeth Dana Woody passed away on March 21, 2020, at the age of 96 after a long illness. Pat, Mom, and “Grammy” to many, she shared her sweet smile, grace, kindness, and gentle humor with everyone. Pat was born August 19, 1923, in Metuchen, New Jersey. Her older brother, Richard, and younger brother, Walter, predeceased her. Her husband for over 36 years, Leonard S. Woody, passed away in 1976. She never remarried because, as she would say, she had already married the best.

Pat went through nursing training in New York City. When asked why, she said it was one of the requirements for what she wanted to do – become a flight attendant. It’s that adventurous spirit that led Pat to her many different and exciting areas of the world. Shortly after becoming a nurse toward the end of World War II, she signed up in the Army Nurse Corps, becoming a 1st Lieutenant. She completed a short tour at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, HI; better known to many as the “Pink Hospital” because of its painting. With orders to deploy to occupied Japan, Pat rode out a typhoon on her transport ship near Okinawa. Despite orders not to, she recalled opening a porthole just so she could see what all the fuss was about.

Because it was early in the occupation of Japan, all female nurses were not allowed to leave their ship without a male escort. When asked to go on a double-date, Pat jumped at the chance to leave ship. She claimed “shotgun” so she could ride in the front seat of the Army jeep driven by Leonard. It was truly love at first sight. They were married in Yokohama, Japan, shortly afterwards. When she and Leonard returned to the U.S., they bought a surplus jeep in Seattle and drove in the dead of winter to meet their parents for the first time – Leonard’s in Byhalia, MS, and Pat’s in Metuchen, NJ. Leonard accepted a position in Birmingham, AL, and that’s where they settled.

Leonard and Pat raised three children. Helen Woody (Walton) Linder of Oneonta, AL; LTC (Ret) Leonard S. (Georgia Mapes) Woody, Jr. of Johns Creek, GA; and MAJ (Ret) John Dana Woody of Pell City, AL. Pat is further survived by her six grandkids and 10 great grandkids. She always enjoyed visiting family no matter where they lived. Places such as Kansas, Virginia, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, various cities in Alabama, Germany, and Hawaii (with a visit to the “Pink Hospital”).

While not continuing as a practicing nurse, Pat did put her skills to good use. For over 20 years, she volunteered in the St. Vincent Hospital Recovery Room. She was amazed and glad to see the advances made, but could also show some old-school practices to those there. She was also known as the neighborhood “Doc Woody”, helping with advice and kindness to all the families around her.

Her volunteer work wasn’t limited to nursing. She was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, member of Civitan Women, and strong supporter of the military.

Pat also enjoyed travel throughout the U.S. Trips with family and friends took her to many states and Canada. Of all the places she traveled, visiting mountainous areas were her favorite. She also really enjoyed adventures. For Pat, it was a great time to just turn down a county road and see where it led. She loved the outdoors and could sit for hours just looking at scenery. Since 2005, Pat lived in Pell City, AL, in a home on Logan Martin Lake. Her favorite pastime was sitting on her porch with a good book.

She was a faithful member of South Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham for over 70 years. She also served as church Deacon. In addition to being an avid reader, Pat loved and enjoyed flowers, watching backyard birds, and especially her pet dogs over the years.

Pat made friends easily. She seemed to always know her neighbors well, the names of her mailperson, grocery butcher and check-out person, store managers, gas station attendant, and even the local dog catcher.

Pat, Mom, Grammy is already missed deeply by her family. She will always be remembered for her love, kindness, and caring ways.

There will be a memorial service held at a later date at South Highland Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to South Highland Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity.

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Danny Barker

April 2, 2020

I’m sorry for your loss Mrs Woody was the sweetest person in the world and I really loved going by and seeing her when I was fishing she brightened up my life every time I saw her I will miss her very much RIP Mrs Woody I love you

Pat & Marshall Eddy

March 26, 2020

We’ve known Mrs Woody for a short time as her neighbor on Seminole Drive. She was a blessing to the neighborhood. Her spirit was strong and her smile warmed our heart. She was one in a million and is deeply missed. The Lord has called her home and she is now at peace.
Love
Pat & Marshall Eddy

Suzanne Bell

March 26, 2020

My mother, Jean Johnston, worked at Ebbert and Kirkman with Mr. Woody. She thought Pat and "Gen. Woody" were some of the best and finest people in the world. She so appreciated both of them for their hard work, the humor they brought to their everyday lives and their respect for their fellow sojourners in this life. All you who are blessed to be their children are fortunate indeed. Both your parents were very special people. My condolences in the loss of your Mom.

Shelly White

March 25, 2020

I just wanted to say that I love Mrs. Woody so much. I wish I would have known her longer, but I can say it was an honor to provide care for her the last 7 months of her life. She was very sweet and kind. She sacrificed so much for so many people throughout her lifetime and cared for them, and I just wanted to give back to her a small portion of my love to her. She is already greatly missed. I love the whole family and thanks for your love and kindness.

James and Donna Martin

March 25, 2020

What a great tribute!. I have always felt honored that Mrs Woody insisted she took Donna and I to the club to celebrate our engagement.
Having a picture of Lt Woody is a perfect forever memory to her for service to our country.

Ralph W Nichols

March 25, 2020

Pat was my aunt on my mother's side. I remember my dad always calling Pat --- Jersey Girl. I remember going to Byhalia for the holidays and seeing all my cousins Helen, Chip and John, Uncle Leonard and Aunt Pat. The sad part is the last time I saw aunt Pat was back in the 70's when a friend and I stopped to see her on a trip back from Georgia. She will be missed.

Leonard Spencer Woody III

March 24, 2020

I love you Grammy. You were like a second Mom to me and you taught me so many things just by being you. I’ll miss you forever and you are a beacon of light that we all aspire to be. I’m forever your grandchild. Love, Len, Jeanette, Eva-Maria, Sophia, Johnny, and Alex Woody

Huel Young

March 24, 2020

My family enjoyed several years with Mrs. Woody as our next door neighbor on the lake in Pell City beginning in 2000. I learned a lot about birds, dogs, and many other topics from our regular visits when she was out walking Rosie. We used to describe the walk out her driveway as one of the most peaceful places on earth with the trees overhanging the driveway. We missed our regular visits very much following our move to Hoover in 2013, but treasure the 13 years that we shared with her as a treasured neighbor and very dear friend.
Huel, Dolores, and Scott Young

jimmy Dick

March 24, 2020

So many years have gone by since we were neighbors on Jackson Blvd in the Crestline area of Mt. Brook. Those were good times to be a youngun. I do remember times of bumps and bruises and Pat was called in to check us out. One wonderful lady; one good family.

Jimmy Dick

Polly Sellier

March 23, 2020

The Woody Family lived across the street from my family on Jackson Blvd. in Crestline, Birmingham, AL. The Dick Family, The Hudson Family and The Woody Family along with others on our street... The Claytons, The Roths, The Prestons, all were together for a number of years. So many memories of my childhood in the neighborhood. Nobody locked doors back then and we would go into our friend's homes like they were our own. Pat and Woody had a parakeet named Judy and a dog named Chloe (sp?). Pat was such a fun person and such a wonderful friend from my childhood. I haven't seen her or the Woody Family in many years but will always hold them ALL in my heart... Helen, Chip, and John Dana. God bless you all ! Sincerely, Polly Dick Sellier

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