Constance Ann Woodworth

February 23, 1942 - January 6, 2018
Constance Ann Woodworth

Constance Ann Woodworth 75, of Wilmington passed away unexpectedly  Saturday January 6, 2018 at her home.

Born in West Lafayette, IN on February 23, 1942 the daughter of the late Joseph Arthur and Marjorie Chanel Edwards.

Constance had a passion for the arts.  She never passed by a museum.   She and her husband had an agreement that he would go to museums with her and she had to go to any dog or horse track with him. She was a lifelong member of the Battle Creek, MI chapter of the DAR. She also loved to draw and paint with watercolors  and was pretty good at it but never took the real time to develop her skills.  Travel was a priority and she would always talk about her three best trips.  An 8 day float trip down the grand canyon; a 7 day drive around the Ring of Fire of Iceland; and multiple trips to France and Italy to visit friends.  No matter where she traveled she always thought of her friends first.  She would  drive her husband nuts by purchasing gifts for them and not for herself.  And most important was her tremendous love for her husband, children, and grandchildren who brought her a great deal of joy. Locally she was known as the “cookie lady”.  She would bake her dishpan cookies for anyone and won over the hearts and stomachs of the weekly crew on the refuse truck. 

Surviving are her husband of 50 years Paul Woodworth, daughter Kathryn Woodworth, son Geoffrey Woodworth and wife Suzanne, two grandchildren Dustyn Sellars and Jayden Foster, brother Michael Edwards and two sisters Elizabeth Knowles and husband Jim, Martha Smith and husband Kerry. Also surviving are special uncle Jerry Edwards and wife Sabra, and aunt Helene Bell, numerous  cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass 10:00 AM Friday January 12, 2018 at  Basilica Shrine of St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

The family will see friends from 5 – 7 PM Thursday Evening at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

The family would also like to thank her care givers: Dr. Panida Piboolnurak, Dr. Jeffrey Cooney, Dr. Lori Birdsong, Dr. Toren Davis, and Dr. Nancy Peters.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research at or to a charity of one’s choice.

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  “Rest in Peace Possum” 

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  • January 09, 2018
    Glenn McIntosh lit a candle:
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  • January 12, 2018
    Beryl and Bubba Mehurg says:
    Connie was definitely one of a kind. Such a special, kind and compassionate lady whose memory I will carry in my heart forever. I have so many memories of her, but two especially stand out for our family. 1) when a fire broke out in my laundry room one night, the firefighters made a complete mess of our kitchen. We had no idea what to do about feeding our 3 boys. The next thing I knew there was a knock at the door. Connie had pizza delivered. My husband , my 3 boys and I were elated and full for the next few days. 2) Connie wanted to mate her cat with my cat Freddie. I took Freddie to her house. The next day Connie called me in panick saying she could not find Freddie. Connie made posters by drawing the perfect likeness of Freddie which included the words “LOST CAT” at the top and our telephone numbers. She posted these all around her neighborhood. Later the same day Connie called me sounding so relieved. She had found Freddie hiding in their garage . Thank you Connie for all you did for our family, but especially for me. You are someone I strive to model myself after. A true inspiration. I will send more memories to your family so they can enjoy.

  • January 12, 2018
    Frank DeGroodt says:
    Dear Paul, No words are adequate to express my sorrow for Connie’s unexpected passing. I have many memories of her kindness, generosity, and concern for relatives and friends-she always put them ahead of herself. We spent the last couple of years on the phone talking, listening, and supporting each other in dealing with our medical issues. I will miss her dearly. Love, Frank

  • January 12, 2018
    Mike & Marsha Herrick says:
    Our thoughts & prayers for Connie's family. Best lady ever! RIP.

  • January 11, 2018
    Deb Shulse says:
    Paul, and all of Connie's family: Connie always brightened up the Parkinson Support group meetings. I will genuinely miss seeing her smile. She was truly loved.