Family and friends gathered on July 10, 2016, to a catered lunch at the Red Lion Inn in Salem, Ore., to celebrate Edith Woodruff’s 90th birthday.
Edith Eleanor Lawson was born July 8, 1926, to Herbert and Inez Lawson in New Bedford, Mass. At the age of 5, her parents accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message at an evangelistic series by John Ford.
Edith attended Brookside Academy in Taunton, Mass. She attended one year at Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Mass., then was asked to teach a one-room school for 15 students (grades one through eight) in Middleborough, Mass., after their teacher got sick.
She went back to Atlantic Union College and completed her sophomore and junior years. While at college, she met Marion Woodruff. After her junior year, she married Marion in a double wedding with her sister and sister's fiancé.
After spending that summer in Utah and getting to know Marion’s large family, she and Marion moved to Falls City, Ore., in 1947. Edith taught school and Marion worked in his brother’s sawmill. They had six children over a period of 16 years (three boys and three girls). Edith continued to teach school while she went back to school to finish her teaching degree. Marion worked at various lumber mills. Edith was always very active at church and held many church offices while they were raising their family. She was always very active in the community (many people know and love her) and was director of the Falls City Church Adventist Community Services for many years.
Edith retired from teaching in 1981. Marion died in July 30, 2011. Edith loves gardening, continues to live in her own home, still plays the piano and organ for church and would like to continue to be a witness wherever she can. She is looking forward to the Second Coming of Jesus and seeing Marion again.
Edith has six children, all living in Oregon: Janet Owen of Salem; David Woodruff of The Dalles; Donna Dugan of Turner; Judy Grant of Dallas; Doug Woodruff of Falls City; Rick Woodruff of Falls City; 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.