Ruth Page Woodall, 69, of Madison, Tennessee died on Friday, January 7, 2022, at Tri-Star Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Born, January 3, 1953 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Billy Eugene Page and the late Sue Scobey Clark.
Mrs. Woodall was a 1971 graduate of Trimble High School, she received her BS in Chemistry from Union University and her Masters in Science from Memphis State University. An exceptional educator, which was evident by the profession that she chose as a high school chemistry teacher, she was passionate about connecting chemistry to real world issues and making sure that her students could relate to those issues. She served as executive director and founder of the nonprofit Tennessee Scholars, a workforce development program that supports high school students. Mrs. Woodall was a public servant giving of her time to many charitable foundations and causes. Her contributions to public services included serving on the ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications, the Committee on Community Outreach, and the Women Chemists Committee. She served as chair of National Chemistry Week since 1994 and as a Chemists Celebrate Earth Week coordinator for more than 10 years. She was a volunteer for public outreach for ACS for twenty-six years; serving as an ACS tour speaker. She was a devoted member of City Road United Methodist Church in Madison, Tennessee and was a member and President for the Madison Kiwanis Club. Other memberships were the American Chemical Society, TSTA-TN Science Teachers and numerous other organizations. In 2021 she received the prestigious Charles Lathrop Parson Award, from the American Chemical Society.
Funeral services for Mrs. Woodall will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 14, 2022 in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Dr. Barry Farris and Mr. Patrick Williams. Interment will follow in Pierce Cemetery in Trimble, Tennessee. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Thursday at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.
A celebration of life service will be held in Madison, Tennessee at a later date.
She is survived by two sisters, Rita Page Smith of Memphis, Tennessee and Lisa Page King (Eddie) of Ridgely, Tennessee; two brothers, Roger Page (Carole) of Newbern, Tennessee and Rudy Page (Kim) of Newbern, Tennessee; two nieces, Alycia Solomon (Michael) of Olive Branch, Mississippi and Michaela Singley (Steven) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; two nephews, Roger Wayne Page (Jeannie)of Kenton, Tennessee, Michael Page (Jessica) of Cleveland, Tennessee; Lynn Garner (Michelle) of Newbern, Tennessee, Lee Garner (Penney) of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Greg Garner (Chloe) of Newbern, Tennessee and her step-mother, Helen Page of Newbern, Tennessee. She also survived by two step-children, Charly Woodall (Wendy) of Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew Woodall (Liz) of Nashville, Tennessee and and she will be affectionally remembered as Grandma Ruth by Jackson, Ally, Val and Chandler.
In addition to her father and mother she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Woodall.
Honoring Mrs. Woodall as pallbearers will be Steve Crawford, Ronnie Switzer, Charly Woodall, Andrew Woodall, Rick Burton and Steven Singley. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Friendship Sunday School Class of City Road United Methodist Church.
If you would like to make a contribution in her honor, please consider the following:
Ruth devoted her life to education and science and was passionate about the Tennessee Scholars program for which she has been the director of for over 20 years. To honor her legacy with a contribution, visit www.Tennesseescholars.org.
Ruth served ten years as a board member of NeuroNexus, an educational and scientific center which advanced research and education for MS and other neurological diseases. For contribution in Ruth's memory contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth's passion for improving lives through science was well reflected in her involvement with American Chemical Society since the 1990's. To honor her memory through this organization, visit www.acs.org/donate.
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