Gloria Jean Woodard was born March 25, 1945, in Orange City, the daughter of Henry and Adaline (Sanow) Vander Vegte. She was a 1963 graduate of Le Mars High School.
She married Norlan "Woody" Woodard, March 14, 1965. They made their home in Le Mars until 1986 when Woody took a position at Pella Corp. Gloria began working at Pella Corp in 1988 and retired after 18 years in 2006.
Gloria was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon and with the Presbyterian Women.
Gloria will be remembered for being a wonderful mother, wife and grandma.
She was quick to make friends; she cherished her numerous friends and the time they spent together. Gloria was an immaculate housekeeper and she also enjoyed reading and flower gardening.
Gloria's family includes her husband, Norlan Allen Woodard, Sr. of Oskaloosa; three sons and a daughter-in-law: Norlan Allen Woodard, Jr. of Des Moines, Robbie Dean Woodard of Ottumwa, and Rickie Lee and Melinda Woodard of Iowa City; six grandchildren: C.J., Brandon, Tyler, Brice, Lindsey and Eliza; two great grandchildren: Quincy and Quinton; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Gary and Ester Vander Vegte of California and Kim and Malea Penne of Le Mars.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Morey officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today (Monday) at the Garland-VanArkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa, with the family present from 5-7 p.m. to greet friends.
The Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars, is in charge of local arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com