Virginia Woodley Obituary
1954 Mom with her dad's Standardbred mare Nakomis Maid 1955 Riding her walking horse, Patchinville, PA

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In Memory of

Virginia Woodley

December 31, 1929 - March 30, 2014
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      When Virginia Woodley walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Virginia was and how she impacted those around her. Virginia was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Virginia wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Virginia was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.        She was the daughter of Jay and Odessa Fry. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Virginia might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Virginia was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.       Virginia was raised with eleven siblings. She had three older brothers, John, Robert and Carl; five older sisters, Leah, Grace, Alma, Rose and Helen; one younger brother Joe and two younger sisters Carol and Jean Ann. Virginia was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Virginia was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. ...
      When Virginia Woodley walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Virginia was and how she impacted those around her. Virginia was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Virginia wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Virginia was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

       She was the daughter of Jay and Odessa Fry. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Virginia might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Virginia was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Virginia was raised with eleven siblings. She had three older brothers, John, Robert and Carl; five older sisters, Leah, Grace, Alma, Rose and Helen; one younger brother Joe and two younger sisters Carol and Jean Ann. Virginia was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Virginia was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Virginia well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Virginia was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Virginia was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were her cousins.

       Virginia's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards John's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Virginia was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Virginia was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Virginia, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Woodley home. Virginia's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Virginia was blessed with three children: one son Albert and two daughters Cindy and Nannette. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Jr, Joelle, Clarissa and Alexis.

      Virginia was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. She was a homemaker. Virginia was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Virginia had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Virginia's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Virginia derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Recreational sports included playing softball. Virginia was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. A top on her list was Horseracing.

      Throughout her life, Virginia was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Virginia seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Virginia usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Virginia was an active member of the American Legion.

      Because Virginia was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Virginia's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Virginia found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Politically, Virginia was a Democrat.

      Virginia was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of Westover Baptist Church. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Virginia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Prissy, a Shitzu dog, was a best friend for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her Whiskey, a mini poodle.

       She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Virginia to master. Her new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. Even in retirement, Virginia continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

       Virginia fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her children, Albert (Susan), Cindy (Roy), Nannette (Robert); her grandchildren Jr, Joelle, Clarissa and Alexis; her great grandchildren Brandon, Austin, Savannah, Lainee, Langdon, Kerrington and Caitlyn. Services were held at Palm Mortuary Cheyenne. Virginia was laid to rest in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Virginia. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Virginia Woodley for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Virginia was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

"I am so sorry to hear this ! I clearly remember her taking us to WJAC TV station in Johnstown to turn in money we collected for MDS and we stopped for ice..." Connie Yingling (Tucson, AZ)

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