Edna Woodhall, retired Beebe staffer

April 24, 2013

Edna Peterson Woodhall went to be with her Lord Monday, April 22, 2013, at Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Lewes. Edna was born in Jamestown, N.Y., May 17, 1933, to C. Victor and Arlene Peterson. She was a 1950 graduate of Jamestown High School.   On Feb. 12 of this year, the couple celebrated 58 years of marriage.

While a high school student, Edna excelled in a number of musical areas including vocal, a cappella choir, piano and cello. For several years she worked for the Dalstrom Metalic Door Co. and the Marlin Rockwell Bearing Co.

Edna moved to Lewes with her husband in August, 1960, where he became the pastor of the First Baptist Church.  She became very active in the church's ministry through the Sunday school, Pioneer Girls, AWANA and music.

She was also active in a number of community activities with Lewes Little League parents, Lewes PTA, and high school band supporters. She was also recognized as an Outstanding Citizen by the Henlopen Grange

In 1985 Edna was employed as the volunteer staffing coordinator at Beebe Medical Center where she was able to recruit, train and place volunteers in many departments in the hospital. During this time she joined with two coordinators in the state to organize the Delaware Society of Directors of Volunteer Services. Until she retired in 1995, Edna directed hundreds of volunteers from Candy Strippers, BIE students, court volunteers and summer college students looking to add hours to resumes.

Edna was a long-time member of Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary, serving as membership chair and parliamentarian.  Edna was recognized by the Beebe Medical Foundation and presented the 2008 Norman B. Baylis Award of Excellence in Healthcare for "many years of leadership and service.”

Edna is survived by her husband, the Rev. William Woodhall, whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage with Feb. 12 of this year;  and her son Mark Woodhall and his wife Janet of Hanahan, S.C.  She also leaves two grandchildren, John and Alyssa.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday April 26, at the First Baptist Church of Lewes, 1001 Kings Hwy., Lewes,  where friends may call one hour prior to services.

A viewing will also be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes.

Interment will be held at 11 a.m., Monday April 29, at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Lewes Building Fund or Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.


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