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Alma ("Woody") Lorraine Woodyard
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DURHAM: Alma Lorraine Woodyard “Woody” died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday May 17, 2018 at Hillcrest Convalescent Center. She was born in 1929 in Washington DC, later living in Arlington, VA where she attended public schools.
She attended Madison College, now James Madison University. She graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She taught at Waynesboro High School in Waynesboro 1951-1953. She attended Women’s College, now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received her Masters of Education in 1954.
She arrived at Duke University in 1954 as an instructor in the Women’s Physical Education Department. During her 40 year tenure she reached the rank of Associate Professor in Physical Education and Assistant Director of Athletics, the first woman to hold this title at Duke University. Later Woody and Calla Raynor, also a member of the Physical Education Department, started and coached the first Women’s Basketball team and in 2008 they were named ACC Women’s Legends.
Woody served on the Lakewood YMCA Board for several years. As a member of the Duke University Retiree’s Outreach Program, she was a volunteer tutor at Lakewood Elementary School. She was also a member of the James B. Duke Society.
Woody is survived by cousins Howard Gaines and wife Edith of Ormond Beach, FL, Lynne Gaines of Springfield, VA, David Gaines and wife Terry of Charlotte, NC and their two children Natalie and Eric, Phyllis Arrington of Shelby, Idaho, and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2pm. There will be a 30 minute visitation before the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC 27707 or a Charity of your choice.
Friends and family are very appreciative of the loving care given Woody by the Duke Medical Staff and the Hillcrest Convalescent Center staff.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Send condolences online to www.clementsfuneralservice.com


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Epworth United Methodist Church

3002 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707-3832

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Epworth United Methodist Church

3002 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707-3832


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Durham, NC 27707-3832
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