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Elaine Alice Woodruff, age 96, of Westfield, New Jersey, formerly of Greenville and Ann Arbor, passed away Wednesday evening, May 11, 2005, at Glenside Nursing Center in New Providence, N.J.,. The daughter of Craig & Mildred (Chase) Walker, she was born Feb. 4, 1909 in Greenville. After graduating from Greenville High School in 1927, she attended Johns Hopkins University’s Summer Program (at the time, women were prohibited during the regular school year). She continued her education at Central Michigan State College until her father died suddenly and her studies were cut short by the Depression. On April 5, 1936, in Greenville, she married Charles Edward “Ed” Woodruff. Ed and Elaine made their home in the Greenville area for several years during the depression, moving to Ann Arbor in 1942, where they both worked for Ford’s bomber plant in Willow Run during World War II. Elaine bore three children, unfortunately, the first born did not survive childbirth. After her youngest went to elementary school, Elaine chose to return to work and found a job at University of Michigan’s Engineering Department. She was highly involved in her community, serving as the secretary of Ann Arbor’s Figure Skating Club, and was also active in the Women’s Group of the Congregational Church of Ann Arbor. After Ed and Elaine retired, they traveled extensively, first to India and Hong Kong to visit their son, John (a Baltimore Sun foreign correspondent), and his family, several years later to Spain and Italy, and during the 1980’s to China, once again to visit John and his family.

Sadly, in 1996, her oldest child, John, died of cancer. Then, in 2000, at age 91, Ed, her love of her life died in Ann Arbor. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Ralph.

In 2001, she moved to Westfield, N.J., to be closer to her daughter, Martha. Elaine will be remembered for her humor, her love of friends and family and her fearlessness to expose the truth in all things political.

Surviving are her brother, Woodrow Walker of Arlington, Va., her daughter, Martha Weldon of Westfield, N.J., four grandchildren, Mark Woodruff of Whitehall, Md., Nancy Woodruff of Whitefish, Mont., Rebecca Woodruff of Baltimore, Md., Norbert Weldon of Summit, N.J., and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville, with the Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, officiating. The Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, Greenville, is serving the family.


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