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 Gwendolyn Louise Woody
Born: 10/05/1947
Died: 11/18/2017
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Gwendolyn Louise Woody

Gwendolyn Louise Woody, the eldest daughter of Spence and Frances Woody, was born on October 5, 1947 in Newport News, Virginia.  She entered into eternal rest on Saturday November 18, 2017 at home in Jersey City, New Jersey.

She was educated in the Jersey City public school system and had a lifelong love of learning.  She studied at the former Jersey City State College and the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Her professional career began in data processing, eventually transitioning into computer support and training. Her expertise saw her  travelling and serving clients as diverse as Macy’s and Leavenworth Federal Prison.

For the past 17 years, Gwen worked at the Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Public Library. This reflected her natural appetite for reading, as well as her wide appetite for the intricacies of life and her love of current events. One of her greatest joys was being able to provide service directly to the community on the bookmobile.

She was loved and respected by her peers and was a recipient of the Perfect Attendance Award for 2003 and 2004.  Gwen was fiercely independent, and her favorite season was the fall, when she could enjoy bundling up in sweaters and being outdoors. And she loved her music.  For the past few years she supported an annual concert devoted to breast cancer awareness.  She looked forward to this event and the support of family, friends and colleagues.

Although Gwen struggled later in life with various health issues, her sweet, even-keeled disposition never changed.  Gwen was predeceased by her father, Spence, and her brother, Ronald.  She leaves to mourn her mother, Martha Frances, her sister, Eugenia, a younger brother, Kenneth – former national and international news editor with The Star-Ledger, a sister publication of the Jersey Journal ¬-his wife Edna and Ronald’s widow, Celestine, a niece, Vanisha and goddaughter, Aprille Nelson Smith, as well as a host of loving family members and friends.

Visitation will be held at McLaughlin Funeral Home on Saturday morning, November 25, 2017, from 8:30 to 10:30 AM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 11 AM.

 
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Here are some special memories shared by family and friends.
What can you really say?.....She was sweet,funny as hell,kind and great to be around....Her passing has broken a lot of hearts,including mine....If there is a Hereafter,she is one of the ones I look forward towards seeing again....
Bill Conway
My Gwen I missed your smile and joking with you I know that god has you in his arm but I know you are still smiling I will always remember in my heart ?? Loving giving person To my friend and coworker Rest In Peace. ???
Nancy Mendoza
I will miss our talks, you always stressed the importance of further education and motivated me to do better and become a better person. I will forever cherish and love you. You made our work days great and will be forever in our hearts at Five Corners Library! Rest in Paradise...
Robert Rivers
I am truly sorry for the loss and pain that the Woody family and friends are feeling because of losing Ms. Gwen recently in death. Most of us have had to endure the sorrow of losing a loved one in death. What helped me the most was prayer and faith in God's promises like found here at 1 Corinthians 15: 26 and it tells us: "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing." Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises, including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25) I pray it will bring you comfort to please watch this short, faith strengthening video: "Can The Dead Really Live Again?" https://vimeo.com/232445509 You are in my prayers.
Julie Jarmon of Dothan, Ala.
Sadly, I did not know Gwen but I know the loss of a sibling and close family member, as we all do. Wishing you peace and blessings during this difficult time. May the Creator embrace you and help ease your pain until you are reunited with your loved one in that great by and by.
Ken and Edna Eoody
Gwen in tears we saw you sinking we watched you fade away it broke our hearts to lose you, you fought so hard to stay. God saw you getting tired so he wrapped his arm around you and said come home my child to rest. We were blessed to know and love you. You will live in our hearts forever, Your presence we will miss your memories we will treasurer at Five Corners. LOVE YOU UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.
Nelly Flores
Gwen, I treasure our friendship and your support and love. I learned a lot from you. Your gentle humor and kindness will be greatly missed.
Janice Hochstat-Greenberg
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