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Mary Woodruff

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Mary Woodruff

Mary LoRene Reirdon Woodruff died June 26, 2018. She was 82.

She was born March 31, 1936, to Jack and LoRene (Taliaferro) Reirdon. She grew up and attended school in Durant, Okla., graduating from Durant High School in 1955.

On July 14, 1955, she married Philip Woodruff in Durant, Okla. After having her two children, she attended Southeastern State College of Oklahoma, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in home economics.

They moved to Hotchkiss in 1963 because of Phil's previous hunting experience in the San Juan area and his love of the mountains. Mrs. Woodruff was promised an elementary school teaching position in Hotchkiss if she would teach one year of home economics at the high school. This began Mrs. Woodruff's 24-year career as a home economics teacher. In 1969 she brought back the Future Homemakers Organization to the school. In 1976 she started a boys' home economic class. She had an annual spring style show where top models and seamstresses/tailors were awarded for their talents. In 1976 she started a boys' home economic class.

She earned a master of arts degree from Western State College in 1970. Before she retired in 1991, she had the opportunity to teach four years of fourth grade.

After her retirement, she and her husband traveled all over the world. They often visited their son, who lived and worked in Italy, as well as Austria, France, Greece, Turkey, Ireland and South America.

Mrs. Woodruff enjoyed crossing paths with her former students. A reception honoring Mrs. Woodruff was hosted last summer by her friends and students.

She is survived by her daughter, Grace Whitmer; son-in-law, Lyle Giegling; son, Henry Woodruff (Amy Thomas); twin brothers, Dorsey and Joe Reirdon; sister, Ella Brown; and granddaughter, Emily Whitmer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Phil, who died in 2014.

A celebration of life service will be held at a date to be determined.

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