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Memorial services for Laura Raye Woodward, 81, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Pastor Dale Roberts officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc.,West Plains.

She was born the daughter of the late Joe Long and Della Evans Long, on October 27, 1933 in Peel, Arkansas and died January 9, 2015 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was united in marriage March 9, 1952 to Edward Lee Woodward, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by five children, Eddie Woodward and wife, Josie, Gainesville, Missouri, Cary Woodward and wife, Melanie, Pottersville, Missouri, DeAnn Collins and husband, David, Dora, Missouri, Rocky Woodward and wife, Pam, Dora, Missouri, and Barry Woodward and wife, Michelle, Gainesville, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren, Matt Woodward, Randy Woodward, Heather Woodward Coyle, Katie Riley, Chris Woodward, Dusty Howard, Nicholas Woodward, Zachary Woodward, Donovan Anderson, Autumn Anderson, Amanda Woodward, Jennifer Collins, Joey Collins, and Daniel Collins; many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews; two sisters, O’Dell Weston, state of Oklahoma, and Faye Crozier and husband, Don, Nevada, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Long, Camdenton, Missouri, and Phyllis Shipley and husband, Tommy, Dora, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers, Dink, Walker, and Joe Bill Long, and one infant sister.

She attended College of the Ozarks where she received her degree in education. She taught school for awhile, but worked at other various jobs, Baxter Lab, Jeffers and Eaton Corporation. She and her husband, Edward, ran a country store at Richville, Missouri. For several years Raye ran a café at Drury, Missouri. She graduated from Gainesville High, Gainesville, Missouri..

Raye enjoyed fishing, camping, looking for arrowheads, and going to yard sales. She loved growing flowers with her daughter. She loved her kids and grandkids more than anything else, and they all knew it. She was a very loving and kind person. She was very funny and loved to tell the old stories of growing up. She was an inspiration to all that knew her.

There will be private burial at a late date. Local arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. chuck armstrong
    January 10, 2015 @ 3:45 pm

    So sorry for your loss our heart and prayers go out to you all. God bless you all.

  2. Cynthia Romero
    January 10, 2015 @ 7:01 pm

    I am so sry for the loss.I will keep the family in prayer …Lots of hugs to Barry and Michelle and kids from Louisiana ….Love Y’all Cynthia and family..

  3. Cousin Daphane
    January 10, 2015 @ 9:22 pm

    My deepest sympathies to kids and grandkids. Aunt Raye will be missed by all. She was indeed a fun person to be around with a great sense of humor. I will always remember her well.

  4. Andrea Mize
    January 10, 2015 @ 10:43 pm

    I do believe y’all forgot to Very important things that Grandma Raye loved one being scratch off lottery tickets and the other being The Young and The Restless soap. I’m so very sorry for your loss each and every one of you. Love You Michelle and Barry Woodward.

  5. Bonnie Richey and Family
    January 11, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Raye will be deeply missed. I loved to read her poems and listen to her tell of family history and stories of growing up. Aunt Della, Aunt Dora. and my Meme (Nora Evans) loved to be together and Raye carried that love of family on down another generation, My Mother( Bonnie Richey ) truly loved her and I did to. God Bless you all

  6. John and Betty Stanley
    January 12, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

    Sympathy to Rocky, Pam, Chris and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.