Lillian Grace Woodford, 91, of White Bear Lake and formerly of Redwood Falls, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at St. Johns Hospital in St. Paul. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls with burial to follow at the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church and there will be a reception at the church following the burial.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via
Lillian Grace Woodford, the daughter of Frank and Grace (Miller) Edwards, was born on January 28, 1923, in Morton. Lillian grew up there and graduated from Morton High School. Her father worked on the railroad, and she often spoke of sharing a bag lunch with him at noon when the train passed through Morton. After high school graduation, Lillian worked in St. Paul for Armour and Company.
On October 10, 1943, Lillian married William Eugene Woodford of Redwood Falls. The couple moved to Oregon where Lillian worked in the state capital while William completed his service in the U. S. Army. After World War II, Lillian and her husband moved back to Redwood Falls, where they owned and operated a Standard Oil Service Station. In 1959, the couple sold the service station and purchased a small farm west of Redwood Falls. Lillian also worked for KLGR radio station in Redwood Falls. Upon retirement, Lillian and her husband sold the farm and moved back into Redwood Falls. Lillian became very skilled at decorative China-painting, including cups, plates, vases, tea pots, and other items. Her works were displayed in the Redwood Falls Public Library. Lillian received great enjoyment spending winter months with her husband in Fountain Hills, Arizona. After his death, she moved to White Bear Lake to be near her children.
Lillian is survived by three sons and one daughter Gary (Sandra) Woodford of Fairfax, Virginia, Dean (Marilyn) Woodford of Mahtomedi, Timothy (Lynn) Woodford of North St. Paul, and Nancy (Timothy) Coughlin of Andover. Also surviving are her 13 grandchildren Chad, Paul, Nanmarie, Nathan, Amy, Stacy, Allyssa, Travis, Matthew, Reed, Eric, Grace, and Joseph; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister JoAnn Sindelir of Longmont, Colorado; and sister-in-law Eileen Woodford of Redwood Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William, on July 21, 2003; her son, William Lee, on June 14, 1976; and her sisters, Jean Mueller and Marilyn McCorquodale.
Lillian is now in the presence of her savior,