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Obituary for Lois Maxine Wooderson
Lois Maxine Wooderson passed away on January 20, 2022. Maxine was born in 1927 in Bethany, Missouri. After graduating high school in Bethany, Maxine married Max Wooderson from the nearby town of Mt. Moriah, Missouri. Max had enlisted in the Army Air Corps and his first assignment was at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While there, Maxine gave birth to the first three of her children, William, Terry, and Patricia. Their next military assignment took them to Lowry AFB, Colorado where their fourth child, David, was born. In 1955 they were transferred to Charleston AFB, South Carolina and in 1957 to Clark Air Base, Philippines. In 1959, they were reassigned to Van Nuys Air National Guard Base in Southern California where the last two of their children were born, Paula and James. In 1961, the family moved to Travis AFB, California where Max retired from the US Air Force. In 1966 they moved to Vacaville, California where they lived during the rest of their lives.
Maxine’s world was focused on her husband and children. The hardships of being a military wife included frequent location changes, setting up new residences, transitioning children to new schools, frequent absences from her husband when he was on temporary duty elsewhere, and doing it all with a tight budget. It took a strong character to navigate those waters while nurturing a marriage and large family. Maxine was quiet and introverted, but she had that character.
Maxine found comfort in her relationship with God. Over the years she attended a number of Protestant churches in each of the locations she lived. She became a member of the First Baptist Church of Vacaville and regularly attended services there until that was precluded by health limitations. The family would like to thank Pastor Gainey, the church staff, and the members of the congregation for their contributions to her spiritual well-being.
The family would also like to thank the staff and residents of Cornerstone Assisted Living where Maxine resided for the past eight years. Their care, compassion, and friendship were appreciated by her and were a comfort to the family.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Max Wooderson, daughter Patricia Wooderson, and son, David Wooderson. She is survived by sons William Wooderson, Terry Wooderson, and James Wooderson, daughter Paula Norton, daughter-in-law Sung Wooderson, son-in-law Don Norton, daughter-in-heart Susan Silva, grandchildren Amy Kirkpatrick, Nicholas Wooderson, Kyle Wooderson, Carlye Wooderson, Logan Wooderson, Mallory Petersen, James Norton, Sean Norton, grandson-in-law Drew Petersen, granddaughter-in-law Emmy Norton, grandson-in-law Jason Paulsen, and great-grandchildren Karlye Kirkpatrick, Ayla Petersen, and Palmer Petersen.
Private burial services will be at Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.