Carol S. Woodruff

05/17/1930 — 04/14/2001

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Seattle, Washington

Carol S. Woodruff

Carol S. Woodruff, 70, of Richland, passed away April 14, 2001 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

A memorial service is planned for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2001 at Einan’s Funeral Home in Richland, with a celebration of her life to follow through the afternoon at the Hampton Inn.

Carol was born on May 17, 1930, in Seattle, Washington to Frank and Marguerite Saunders and was raised in Chehalis and Olympia, Washington. After high school she attended Washington State University and became a member and served as chapter President of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity for Women. She graduated with honors in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and achieved membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa.

She and Eugene M. Woodruff married on July 26, 1952. They lived in Richland where they raised two children. In 1970 the family moved to Guemes Island, Washington, where Carol was active in the Community Club and the Guemes Island Community Church. The Woodruff family lived on West Shore Road near the Indian Village and became close friends with their neighbors Pete and Mary Bohn, Helen Elmore, Gertie Howard, the Veals and the McCracken family.

In 1975 Carol and Gene returned to Richland where she worked for Todd House Interiors and then Frank Elliot’s Interiors and Accessories. Carol was an active member of the Richland Parks and Recreation Commission, serving recently as Vice Chair. She also represented the Commission on the Mid-Columbia Forestry Council. She had a keen interest in preserving the natural beauty of Richland parks, and cherished her morning walks with friends along the waterfront in Leslie Groves Park. Her language background drew her to French-American Club activities, including the Buffet de Noel.

Carol was a gourmet cook, and enjoyed preparing beautiful, unique meals, often using fresh fish and game that her family provided. Throughout her life she paid attention to detail, including those that went into making her surroundings beautiful. She would decorate her home for every seasonal occasion, making it a treat to visit. She would find the perfect gift or card for any situation and enjoyed conversation with those close to her as well as those she had just met. Her witty and unassuming nature was a joy. Carol was a loving and loyal mother, wife, and friend. She remained close to childhood and college friends, Theta sisters, as well as those in Richland and on Guemes Island. Carol will always be remembered for her graciousness and consideration for others. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, furry pets, and community.

Carol is survived by her husband Gene, her daughter Dana and husband John Cambalik and grandson Andrew Leigh of Sequim, and her son Leigh and wife Beth and grandsons Ian and Mack Henry of Boise, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Parks and Recreation Department, 360 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99352 or the Benton-Franklin Humane Society, 8620 W. Gage Blvd., Box 401, Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • Carol was a lovely, gracious lady who we are richer for having known. She had a wonderful smile and warm wit and we loved being guests in her home. May God bless.

    Roy & Carol Dahl
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • I’d only known Carol for four short years, but feel I’ve known her for a lifetime. She was a true lady. The following are comments I shared with City Council after her passing. “As many of you know, Carol Woodruff, Vice Chair of the Parks & Recreation Commission passed away this past Saturday. Carol was first appointed to the Commission in July 1988. She was elected Secretary in January 1990 and served in that office until her election as Vice Chair in August 1997.

    Carol served as the Commission’s representative to the Mid-Columbia Forestry Council and was an advocate for Richland’s designation as a “Tree City USA”. She also served as the Commission’s alternate on the Central Business District Partners Board of Directors and was an active participant in the Marjorie Sutch Greenway Master Planning process. I know she would be pleased that tonight Council is considering the acceptance of an Urban Community Forestry Grant for trees and shrubs for the first phase of development of the Marjorie Sutch Greenway.

    Carol’s wise counsel, quiet stabilizing influence, avid enthusiasm for the beautification of Richland, and active, continued dedication to the Richland Parks and Recreation System will be truly missed.” I consider your family’s loss to be my loss and a great loss for the City of Richland and the Tri-Cities.

    Paul Emler, Jr.
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Carol was a lovely, gracious lady who we are richer for having known. She had a wonderful smile and warm wit and we loved being guests in her home. May God bless.

    Roy & Carol Dahl
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • I’d only known Carol for four short years, but feel I’ve known her for a lifetime. She was a true lady. The following are comments I shared with City Council after her passing. “As many of you know, Carol Woodruff, Vice Chair of the Parks & Recreation Commission passed away this past Saturday. Carol was first appointed to the Commission in July 1988. She was elected Secretary in January 1990 and served in that office until her election as Vice Chair in August 1997.

    Carol served as the Commission’s representative to the Mid-Columbia Forestry Council and was an advocate for Richland’s designation as a “Tree City USA”. She also served as the Commission’s alternate on the Central Business District Partners Board of Directors and was an active participant in the Marjorie Sutch Greenway Master Planning process. I know she would be pleased that tonight Council is considering the acceptance of an Urban Community Forestry Grant for trees and shrubs for the first phase of development of the Marjorie Sutch Greenway.

    Carol’s wise counsel, quiet stabilizing influence, avid enthusiasm for the beautification of Richland, and active, continued dedication to the Richland Parks and Recreation System will be truly missed.” I consider your family’s loss to be my loss and a great loss for the City of Richland and the Tri-Cities.

    Paul Emler, Jr.
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Carol always shared her beautiful smile with us when we met.. We enjoyed seeing her on morning walks along the path by the river.

    Bunny loved Carol’s greetings, pets and cookies especially the homemade ones.

    We enjoyed the conversation tidbits.

    Carol was a lovely lady. We miss her.

    Bill and Marilyn Darke

    and Bunny

    Bill and Marilyn Darke
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Gene, My condolences on the passing of Carol. I remember Carol from my days with the Mid-Columbia Archaeological Society. I was mostly still in high school back then, but I remember how much I enjoyed working with the people there, and you and Carol were entremely friendly and encouraging back then. I remember Carol spending a lot of time in the cataloging trailer, and how I enjoyed taking in a new find to show everyone. Best wishes, Dave

    Dave Griffith
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • Gene, so sorry to hear of Carols passing. Our prayers are with you both.

    Frank and Mary Griffith

    Frank Griffith
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US