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Carolyn Isabel Woodruff

July 28, 1930 ~ May 13, 2017 (age 86)

Carolyn I. (Powell) Woodruff was born in Orofino to Harold L. Powell and Margaret E. Powell.  She had a wonderful childhood growing up on the family farm near Orofino until 1948, and then the family moved to the Lewiston area.  Carolyn graduated from Nezperce High School in 1948, and soon afterwards went to work for Potlatch Forests, Inc. in Lewiston.  It was there she met and fell in love with our father, Edward “Woody” Woodruff.  They were married on August 26, 1950 in Walla Walla, and then began their family life together in Lewiston and Clarkston raising three daughters (Ann, Jane and Tonia) and one son (Lance).  Ed’s job with American Sign and Indicator subsequently brought the family to Spokane (1960), where many years of memorable activities and friendships began.Carolyn was of great support to our father, and took a very active role in raising us children.  She was a beautiful seamstress, master gardener, stylish hairdresser, decorator/designer extraordinaire, and cherished the opportunity to volunteer her time to help each of us children prosper in whatever activities were of interest to us.  As we children became older, she enjoyed working outside the home, including Nita’s Knits (specialty fabric store) and The Treehouse (fashion boutique).  Whether it was neighborhood family connections, or through her work outside the home, Mother cultivated many lasting friendships, of which we will always be grateful and never forget.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Edward “Woody” Woodruff in 1998, parents Harold L. and Margaret E. Powell, sister Phyllis Hendron, and brother Harold L. Powell, Jr.  She is survived by her children Ann (Bruce) Murray (Astoria, OR), Jane (Garman) Lutz (Spokane, WA), Tonia (Larry) Goffinet (Snohomish, WA), and Lance (Shari) Woodruff (Snoqualmie, WA).  She is also survived by her sisters Jacquelyn (Richard) Lloyd (Lewiston, ID), and Sandra Powell (Spokane, WA), as well as 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces and 2 nephews.

Family would like to thank Dr. Robert Wigert, Hospice of Spokane and Guardian Angel Homes — Liberty Lake for their loving care.  We are forever grateful.  Family would also suggest donations be made to Hospice of Spokane ( – PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210-2215) in Carolyn’s memory.

And soon, while the flowers are in bloom and the bird’s voices are singing, family will gather to remember all the very special moments Mother gave to us.  We see our Mother in our daily lives, as we are a part of her and hope to be a good example.  We see her when we smell the roses, as her love of flowers had such an impact in our lives.  We will always cherish our memories. 

Charitable donations may be made to:

Hospice of Spokane

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