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Margaret Woodhams - February 18, 2009


Margaret J. Woodhams, 96, of Ovid, died Feb. 18, 2009 at the Sedgwick County Nursing Home in Julesburg.
She was born to Fred and Julia Geis on June 26, 1912 on a farm in Sedgwick County. When Margaret was 2, Fred and Julia moved their family to their homestead southeast of Julesburg.
Margaret attended a rural school 2.5 miles from her home. She finished grade school and two years of high school in Julesburg. She completed her high school education at the new Ovid High School. She graduated in 1931 and went to college in Greeley to become a teacher.
On Nov. 23, 1935, Margaret married Kenneth Woodhams. Kenneth was the love of her life and they were blessed with a long and happy union. They lived on a farm southwest of Ovid where they raised their two daughters—Carolyn and Marilyn.
Margaret had interrupted her education to raise her family but completed her teaching certificate in 1960 when she graduated from Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley. She had taught in rural schools before her marriage and then went on to teach at the Ovid Grade School for 20 years. She retired in 1974 from the profession she loved.
After her retirement she and Kenneth traveled and spent time with their family. Kenneth died in 1980. They lived their entire lives in Sedgwick County.
In 1981, Margaret moved from the farm to Ovid where she was active in her church, Ovid Women’s Club, United Methodist Women and the Senior Center. In 1992 Margaret and her sister Katherine were honored by the Methodist Church for being active members for 68 years.
Margaret will be remembered by her children and grandchildren for the wonderful way she treated each and every one of them. She always had a smile and a meal waiting. Her pies and cinnamon rolls were legendary.
She was preceded in death by her beloved Kenneth, sisters Katherine and Helen and grandson Ricky Taylor.
Margaret is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and Keith Taylor and Marilyn and Don Donjon; six grandchildren and their spouses, Darrell and Diane Taylor, Shondra and Scott Cizek, Sharon and Rodney Vernon, Kathy and Garland Green, Steve and Pat Donjon and Jeff Donjon; 11 great-grandchildren, Matt, Brian, Kristen and Todd Taylor, Cameron, Cole and Conner Cizek, Danny Vernon, Sierra and Tevis Green and Jamie and Keegan Donjon; two great-great-grandchildren, Owen and Evan Taylor; brothers Fred and George; and dozens of nieces and nephews.