Winifred “Winnie” Jessie Halsall Woodman, 92, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Duke University Medical Center. Born January 24, 1921, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of the late John Arthur Halsall and Jessie Miles Halsall.
Winnie grew up in Cleveland, and graduated from Andrews School for Girls in Willoughby, Ohio. She married her first husband, the late Maurice Luxon, in 1941, and later worked for NASA in accounting. After marrying her second husband, the late Harry “Bruce” Woodman, they relocated to Douglasville, Georgia. They moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1978 and Winnie spent 24 years enjoying the warm Florida weather until she moved to Durham, North Carolina to be closer to family. She spent the last 10 years in Durham, enjoying time spent with her daughter and son-in-law, as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Winnie had a love of history, languages, numbers, puzzles, and reading. She will be remembered as an independent and strong willed woman. She was intelligent, spunky and had a great sense of humor. She never tired of telling her favorite stories, while vividly recalling many details. Winnie could warm your heart with her smile and she will be greatly missed.
Winnie is survived by two children, Ronald Luxon (Suellen) of Medina and Nancy Smith (Jim) of Durham, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Sharon Crooks, Steven Luxon (Anne), Dawn Sanks Imershein (Chris), Michelle Park (Brad), Cynthia Bowsher (Aaron), Eric Sanks (Linda); and 14 great grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Croasdaile Village Chapel, Durham, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Durham Library Foundation, P.O. Box 3809, Durham, NC 27702.