Lisa Woodley passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Although Lisa left us way too soon, she packed a lot of life into her 57 years. From the time she was small, she was spirited, which as a child and teenager landed her in more than a few time-outs. (Her siblings appreciated this because it meant they almost never got into trouble). As she got older, and became a mother, her spirit helped her navigate the ups and downs that life brings while still managing to remain positive and hopeful. She was a fighter. As a single mom, she raised her daughter, Erica, with all the love imaginable and a blind support. Even when she didn't believe in herself, she always believed in her daughter and made her believe anything was possible. Seriously, anything.
She loved people, and when she asked people how they were doing, she really wanted to know the answer. She also loved talking. She probably did more than her fair share of talking and found herself happiest in the jobs that allowed her to chat with people. Her gift of gab brightened the days of so many people.
She loved feeding people, and her talents in the kitchen were famous among her family and friends. Her kitchen was her happy place. She used food as a way of helping people. She would often create multi-course meals to bring to family and friends when the time called for it. She was 19 months older than her sister, Penny, and even though, as a toddler, she tried to tap dance on Penny's head, their bond was stronger and deeper than anything you could imagine. In the last months of her life, Penny and her mom never left her side and never stopped hoping. They have the kind of love that transcends everything. Lisa had really close relationships with her brothers as well, and they will all miss her terribly.
Lisa was lucky enough to have one of those once in a lifetime friendships with Susie Ely Hatter. Throughout all of life's transitions she and Susie shared a special connection. They also shared a love of animals, specifically puppies. Over the years, Lisa fostered (and then adopted) a number of dogs. She never quite mastered the idea of fostering a dog. They were both involved in Partners for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of McAlester. In lieu of flowers, we would ask that you make donations to that organization (P.O. Box 76. McAlester, OK. 74502) or to the Pittsburg County Animal Shelter (1206 North West Street, McAlester, OK, 74501).
She is survived by her mother and step-father, Bobbie and Jim Mercer; her siblings, Chris and Dian Woodley, Steve and Robin Woodley, and Penny and Steve Stangl; her daughter, Erica Woodley; nieces and nephews, Chase and Tara Woodley, Taylor and Jake Wood, Brian and Allie Maynard and their kids, Jack and Henry and Matt Stangl and his son, Vincent, as well as by her aunt, Gina Hines, and uncle, Jerry Bennett.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Woodley; her maternal grandparents, Earl and Jean Bennett; paternal grandparents, Harvey Woodley and Jackie Plymate, and two uncles, Mark and Greg Bennett.
We are heart broken and will miss Lisa forever.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6, at Bishop Chapel of Memories officiated by the Rev. Dr. Matt Judkins.
Honorary pallbearers are Keith Burke, Ken Pineau and her Oklahoma Turnpike Authority co-workers.
Published on April 5, 2017