Joy P. Woods


Joy P. Woods, age 94, of Gladstone, Illinois passed away at Monmouth Nursing on Saturday October 22, 2022 at 6:39 pm.  Joy was born in Lomax, Illinois on July 9, 1928 and is the daughter of Clifford E. “Red” and Bertha Baxter McGraw. She was raised in Henderson County where she attended school and graduated from Oquawka High School in the class of 1945. Joy married Robert L. Woods on November 15, 1947 in Gladstone, Illinois and he passed away on August 11, 1981. Joy was first a telephone operator for General Telephone in Oquawka for a time and then worked as a seamstress at Formfit garment company in Monmouth, Illinois. She lastly worked for a number of years at Sylvania in Burlington, Iowa until her retirement. Joy, for her married life, has been a homemaker, wife, and mother for her family and her main interest has been spending time with all of them. She was a member of the Burlington Moose Lodge and is a member of the Eagles Lodge 150 Club. She enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, jig saw puzzles, reading, Bird Watching and feeding her squirrels. She is survived by her two daughters, Helen A. Peterson of Gladstone, IL and Beverly J. Thacker of Biggsville, Illinois. Her son, James also survives in Homosassa, Florida. Joy had five generations of her family for eight years. There are six grandchildren, Pamela Whitson, Jason Thacker, Cody Thacker, Tiffany Woods, Logan Woods, and Korbyn Woods, seven great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren surviving. She is preceded in her death by her parents, Clifford and Bertha, her husband Robert, her daughter Pamela Lynn Woods, three brothers and two sisters.

A private graveside funeral service for the immediate family is planned on Thursday October 27, 2022. Joy will be readied and friends may stop and pay their respects all day on Wednesday October 26, 2022 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, Illinois. No visitation hours are currently being planned by her family. A memorial fund is being established for Monmouth Nursing Home or Burlington Dialysis Center. A celebration of her life by her family is planned following the graveside service at 3:00 pm at the Biggsville Community Center in Biggsville, Illinois. To leave a remembrance or for more information please visit

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