Dorla Woodruff Strode |

Dorla Woodruff Strode

Dorla Woodruff Strode, a longtime former resident of Glenwood Springs, died Dec. 1, 2014, in Sequim, Washington, where she had lived since 2013.

She was 93.

Dorla Woodruff was born June 26, 1921, at home to Goldie and John Woodruff in Industry Township, Illinois.

She was married to Eldon Strode on June 14, 1942. They were together 59 years. He preceded her in death in 2001.

They moved in 1945 from Illinois to Silt, Colorado, where they started ranching.

In 1952, they moved to Glenwood Springs where they lived until 1981, when they retired to Wickenburg, Arizona.

She moved back to Glenwood Springs in 2010 to be with her daughter’s family.

In Glenwood Springs, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She also was active in the United Methodist Women as an officer and member for many years. The organization participated in mission work helping women and children.

She also was active in 4-H activities in Garfield County.

For many years, she worked in downtown Glenwood Springs retail — from Hested’s Department Store to Anderson’s Clothing.

She is survived by a twin sister, Doris Padgett Morris of Macomb, Illinois.

She also is survived by her three children — Richard (Lisa) Strode of Phoenix, Arizona, Dixie McClenahan (Bill Beerman) of Sequim, Washington, and Dale Strode of Aspen, Colorado.

As well, survivors include seven grandchildren: Jody Kelso (Jay), Kris Flores (Tony), Kendra Strode, Shana Strode, Sherri McClenahan, Rick (Kelly) McClenahan, and Tracy Strode.

She also is survived by five great-grandchildren.

Dorla Strode was a kind, caring, giving person who was always eager to host relatives and friends at their ranch between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.

A loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed crocheting and cooking, and she was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast until her final days.

Family services are planned in Colorado and Illinois.

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