She was named Willard after her father and she received the nickname, Woody from her nieces who could not pronounce Willard.
Woody went to business school in Jacksonville and was a secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation for 18 year before she retired in 1979. She has one daughter, Ellen Fields, who lives in Lee.
Woody married Ed Whitty in 1981 and they moved to Madison. Ed grew up in Madison and he missed home.
She has been part of the Order of The Eastern Star for over 40 years. She joined when she lived in Jacksonville and when she moved to Madison she continued. Order of The Eastern Star was founded in the late 1800’s by Master Mason Dr. Robert Morris as a way for female relatives of Master Masons to share the benefits of knowledge and self-improvement that Freemasonry made available to men.
I have just lived a full life,” said Woody. “I have had good health.”
She attributed her good health to not smoking or drinking.
Woody’s daughter Ellen describes her mother as a woman who always tries to look nice and cannot remember ever seeing her mother lose her temper.
Woody will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 6 with a party at Divine Events.