WOODWARD, Jackalene

Posted: October 21st, 2021

WOODWARD, Jackalene

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Jackalene LaVeve Woodward, October 17th, 2021 after a short illness in Lethbridge Hospital. We would have celebrated her 86th birthday on November 25th, and her and Ray’s 41st wedding anniversary on November 22nd.

She is survived by her loving husband Ray Woodward, her sons Clay (Pat) Wills, Ed (Susan) Wills and Clark (Karen) Wills and their children and grandchildren, Ray’s sons Will (Laurette) Woodward and their children and grandchildren, and Ryan Woodward. She is also survived by her six siblings, Ron Bascom, Gerry Stewart, Marvin (Nancy) Bascom, Garth Bascom, Daryl Bascom, and Crystal (Cleo) Riedlinger, their children and extended family members.

Jackie was predeceased by her parents, Mel and Bernice Bascom, Ray’s son Ken Woodward, a niece Marty Appel, and in the past several months by two sisters-in-law, Leona (Garth) Bascom, and Chryle (Daryl) Bascom.

Jackie was born in Raymond, Alberta on November 25, 1935. When she was three, her parents moved to Eastend, Saskatchewan where the family grew to seven children. After several years living in town, they bought the ranch and that is where the family was raised. By today’s standards, it might be seen as a “hard” life, with no electricity or running water, but it was a good life. School was the typical one-room schoolhouse; the kids rode horseback four miles each way, (but not uphill both ways.) Jackie went on to graduate from Eastend High School, and from Garbutts Business College in Lethbridge. She worked as a secretary in both Swift Current and Eastend before marrying Bob Wills. They had three sons, Clay, Ed and Clark.

She met Ray Woodward in Lloydminster in 1979. They were sealed in the Cardston Temple for time and eternity in 1980. Ray also had three sons, so though her sons were no longer at home, Jackie was back in the business of raising boys, and she was equal to the task. She loved all her boys, and the daughters-in-law as they were added to the family. Her long wait for girls was answered when the grandchildren began arriving – lots of girls! She was delighted.

Jackie and Ray moved to Lethbridge in 1991 where they have since resided.

Jackie was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker. She was a great cook (ask about her pies and buns,) and when her great-grandchildren started to come along, she began crocheting and knitting blankets for them. This was a new endeavour for Jackie, but she was determined to “do it right” and the blankets were beautiful. She was a staunch member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served faithfully and diligently in many callings.

Ray was her rock and the light of her life, and their marriage brought them both great happiness.

The family wish to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses and medical staff who took such good care of Jackie while she was in hospital. We would also like to recognize and thank the many friends who have rallied around Ray and continue to give him loving support.

Friends are invited to visit with the family at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Copperwood Chapel, 9 Keystone Terrace W, Lethbridge, on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Due to Covid 19, a Private Family Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held in the Archmount Cemetery.

The family invites those that wish to watch the service, to visit www.generationsfh.ca and scrolling to the bottom of Jackalene’s obituary.

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