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Beryl Woodward

December 4, 1905 — June 8, 2014


Beryl Woodward was born December 24, 1905 in Central City, NE to Harley and Edith Moore. She passed away on June 8, 2014 at the age of 108, 5 months and 14 days. She grew up in Southern California where her father was a pastor in the Friends Church. She graduated from Denair High School and Whittier College (1924) and furthered her education at the School of Library Science at the University of California at Berkeley. It was there that she met and later married her husband, Davis Woodward on June 30th, 1928.

Beryl worked full time in the public library system in Long Beach, CA and then continued part-time while the children were young. Davis and Beryl moved to Newberg, Oregon in 1963, when Davis retired after teaching 34 years at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. After the move Beryl became a part-time secretary at George Fox University, and later worked at both the Newberg Public Library and the library at George Fox. She was honored by George Fox University as Volunteer of the Year in 2000. She was an active member of Newberg Friends Church and faithfully served many years there in various capacities. She made Friendsview Retirement Community her home in 1977.

Beryl was preceded in death by her husband, Davis, and three sisters, Gladys Helton, Evelyn Sharpless and Winifred Stewart. She is survived by her son, Ron (Nancy) Woodward of Keizer, OR; and daughter, Elaine (Jim) Penn of Lincoln, Nebraska, grandchildren: Michele (Kevin) Loecken, Michael (Michelle) Penn, Doug (Tracy) Woodward, Mark (Marta) Woodward, Natasha Woodward and 12 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 7th at Newberg Friends Church. Memorial gifts may be designated either to Evangelical Friends Mission, or to the Residents’ Assistance Fund at Friendsview Retirement Community.