Ms. Woodard, born May 26, 1958, was raised in Tracy and graduated from Duncan-Russell High School. She was a homemaker for much of her life and also worked as a bookkeeper. In addition to Tracy, she had lived in Manteca, Stockton and New Mexico. She moved to Madera 10 years ago to be near her mother.
Survivors include two daughters, Monica Martinez, and her husband, Jason, of Madera and April Garcia, and her husband, Israel, of Stockton; a son, Gilbert Garcia Sr., and his wife, Andrea; and nine grandchildren.
Also surviving are a sister, Shirley Cook, and her husband, John, of Nevada; a brother, Daniel Woodard of Las Vegas; four nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her mother, Maria Antonia Valencia Chavez, who died in 2008; and her father, Leon “Lee” Woodard, who died in 1985.
The family is planning a celebration of Ms. Woodard’s life at a later date at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 505 E. North St., in Manteca.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Smith Manor Grace Chapel, 801 E. Yosemite Ave., Madera, CA 93638.
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