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Anita Rae Woodward, age 71, of Caledonia passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020. She was born February 7, 1949, in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late John and Catherine (Keneely) Dobbins. Anita married Robert Woodward on September 25, 2003, in Byron Center, Michigan. They celebrated 13 years of marriage together before Bob passed away on February 18, 2017.

Anita enjoyed her career as a bus driver with Dean Transport for many years. Her greatest joy in life was her family, especially the grandchildren and getting together with everyone.

Survivors include her son, Brian (Cari) Dean; daughters, Renae Woodward and Alana (Jim) Woodward – Reifel; grandchildren, Connor (Victoria), Casi, Blake, Max, Jeff (Cindy) Linsley, Jami (Kevin) Hoeksema, Tonya (A.J.) Borris, and Terry Hoeve; 13 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-granddaughter; and brother, Michael (Sharron) Dobbins.

Anita is preceded in death by her husband Robert Woodward; her parents; and sister, Nancy VaiVada.

Due to COVID-19 no public services will be held at this time.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Jeffery Ransom on April 16, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Praying for comfort and peace for all who held her close to their hearts and all that she loved so dearly.

  2. Deanne VaiVada on April 18, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Aunt Nita, you are such a lovely woman. You will be missed by many and thought of everyday. I love you! Please hug mom, Grandma Dobbins, and Grandpa Dobbins for me.

  3. Rose Persak on April 20, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Didn’t know you well but knew you were one of the good ones. RIP ANITA

  4. Sis Downs on April 22, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    My prayers are with you guys. Let us know when you guys r planning Memorial Service. Such glad we made the trip up a while ago. Love u guys Aunt Sis

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