Anna Mae Woods
November 24, 1920 – January 19, 2020
Anna Mae Woods, age 99, died peacefully on January 19, 2020, at NHC Place Assisted Living Facility in Farragut, Tennessee. She was born to the late Arthur Cleveland Ray and Bessie M. Ray on November 24, 1920. Anna came into this world as a 3-pound, premature baby in Stilwell, Oklahoma. To help her family, she began working at the tender age of 10 cleaning houses for a dime a day. She eventually moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where she met a persistent Army Sergeant in the base PX who finally won her heart. R.D. “Dell” Woods and Anna were married on July 5, 1946, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Anna worked in retail for many years and was an avid homemaker. She loved all holidays and decorated to the max. She will be remembered for her home cooking, grand holiday meals, and a sly sense of humor. She enjoyed books, visiting with family and friends, and doting on her many pets throughout the years. Survivors include her children Jackie Coleen Wilks (Robert) of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Arthur Ray Woods (Heidi) of Switzerland, and Joanne L. Woods of Knoxville, Tennessee. Grandchildren Louis Woods and Alexander Woods and their children Ennio, Carlotta, Aldo, Gloria and Alvaro all living in Switzerland. Nieces Pam Fason (Bob) of Conway, Arkansas; Patty Wilson (Clarence) of Searcy, Arkansas; Carol Sutherland (Robert) of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Kay Mohegan (Ed) of Silom Springs, Arkansas; Lynn Sangwin (Allan) of Bentonville, Arkansas; and Nephew Joe Ray of Edmond, Oklahoma. Plus, a blessing of great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, R.D. Woods. Parents Arthur Cleveland Ray and Bessie M. Ray. Siblings Gladys Helen Musgrave, James Arthur ‘Jack’ Ray, Thomas Alfred Ray, William Gardner Ray, and Joe Clarence Ray. Niece Judy Gayle Vice. The family would like to thank NHC Place Farragut and Caris Hospice for their care and ask that you hug a loved one today. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Graveside services will be held at Memphis National Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, on January 27, 2020, at 2pm. Berry Highland West Funeral Home has charge. Please visit the online guestbook at www.berryhighlandwest.com.
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Anna Mae Woods
January 24, 2020
In reflecting on the life of Aunt Ann, an important theme shines through, which is the consistency of her love in action. She may have just been the best customer that Hallmark Cards ever had! Whatever the holiday, Aunt Ann sent a card. During those crazy, busy years of raising a child while working full time, Aunt Ann's timely cards would arrive before any major or minor holiday. She was better than a calendar in that way. I knew ahead of time when to wear green for St. Patrick's Day to avoid getting pinched. She never missed a birthday or anniversary. Another illustration of her faithfulness to family was that she made sure to show-up for all important events. When I think about it, Aunt Ann was always there. She made the effort to arrange to come to graduations, weddings, funerals, etc. This is an important lesson to learn from Aunt Ann in our fast-paced lifestyle. She kept her sense of humor throughout her long life. She was the last of that great generation for our family and will be missed.
Bob, Pam, Danny, & Ashley Fason & Overstreet Families
January 23, 2020
It has been such a blessing to have loved her & been loved by her! We cherish the memories we have of Aunt Ann. Her sense of humor is what we will remember most about her. Aunt Ann’s laughter & smile were contagious. She had a knack for decorating for every holiday, even May Day! Many of our holidays were spent with her & Joanne. Our family’s favorite holiday meal is cornish hens & brown rice dressing. No one will ever make those dishes as yummy as she did. She truly loved Christmas. She took so much joy in all of the festivities-decorating, cooking, wrapping, giving, & opening gifts. We will always smile when we think about her love of tablecloths & matching bathroom sets. She had quite a collection! Although she will be missed deeply, we’re so grateful for the hope we have in Jesus to see her again one day.
January 23, 2020
Yes, she absolutely was a unique person....very warm and loving, eager for a good chat on just about anything sprinkled with many chuckles and good-natured kidding. And those Cornish game hens for Thanksgiving dinners---a must---along with the cranberry relish--tasty, tasty. We visited many times on the phone---I'm such a long distance away---always good things to say.
We can also honor her memory as the longest living member of the family---99---incredible to think about the many things she saw in her lifetime.
She will not be forgotten, for sure. Rest in peace, Aunt Anna Mae, with your beloved husband, your sister Gladys and all of your brothers: Tom, Jack, Bill and Joe.
January 23, 2020
We Love Anna here at NHC. It will not be the same around here, she's always so funny. We will truly miss seeing you and Jo Ann around here .
Love and Prayers for peace of mind for your family, Sherri
January 22, 2020
I have many fond memories of Anna during her 8 + years at NCH. Through good health and bad health , good days and bad days, ups and downs, it was an absolute pleasure to take care of Anna.
Please believe me when I say I will never walk past her apartment and not think of her. It has been a sad few days just getting used to Anna not being there.
Rest in Paradise Anna. ❤️
Joanne, you are not just Anna’s family, you are our friend. We will miss you coming and going at NHC. If you are ever out our way, please stop in and say hello.,
Sincere condolences to your entire family, on the loss of a wonderful lady.
January 22, 2020
Aunt Ann was a homemaker extraordinaire. Her sense of style was unmatched, whether it was a table setting or Christmas decorations. She was a fabulous cook, known for her mouth-watering Cornish hens and other delicacies. Aunt Ann's cranberry/orange relish makes an appearance every year on my holiday table. She and my mom enjoyed each other's company on the many occasions when they came to the farm for a visit. Their laughter from the kitchen still sounds in my memories.