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Effie Williamson Woodruff

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Aug. 9, 1930 — Dec. 9, 2018

POST FALLS, Idaho — Effie Williamson Woodruff, 88, passed away on Dec. 9, 2018 in Post Falls, Idaho.

She was born in Princeton on Aug. 9, 1930 to Carl Arthur and Eva Boykin Williamson and was the youngest of seven children. Before moving to Idaho, Effie was a longtime resident of Princeton.

In 1949, Effie joined thew newly formed Women’s Air Force and traveled to San Antonio, Texas for basic training. After an honorable discharge in 1951, she married James Warren Woodruff and raised a family, all while continuing to work for the U.S. government for more than 40 years. Her career took her to many foreign countries, including expatriate status in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Germany. In 2007 she retired for the third and final time after an assignment in Baghdad, Iraq and returned to her Princeton home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Warren Woodruff; and daughter, Lula Kathryn Woodruff.

She is survived by sons, Garry Warren Woodruff of Candia, New Hampshire and James Frank Woodruff, and wife, Donna, of Grapeland, Texas; daughter, Eva Karen Van Pelt, and husband, Edwin E. “Van” of Cocolalla, Idaho. She is also survived by grandchildren, James Lester Van Pelt of Post Falls, Idaho, Tanner William Van Pelt, and wife, Kirsten, of Sandpoint, Idaho, Jamieson Paul Woodruff and Jonathan Robert Woodruff, and wife, Jessica, both of Richmond, Virginia; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma. The Rev. Johnny Sullivan of the Rains Crossroads Free Will Baptist Church will officiate the ceremony. Following the memorial service, her remains will be interred with military honors at Selma Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Pavilion.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charitable organization of the donor’s choice.