Obituary: Bernice 'Bea' Woodruff Dies at Age 94


Bernice “Bea”  Woodruff (nee Davis), 94, beloved mother of Mayor Robert Woodruff passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South St., New Providence. 

Born in Mt. Carmel, PA., Bea was raised in Philadelphia where she met her husband, Bob, at the Luther League at Advocate Lutheran Church and married him in 1946.  Bea and Bob moved their family to New Providence in 1960.

She was employed by the New Providence Board of Education for over 15 years, both in the Board offices and as a secretary in New Providence High School guidance department.  After retiring, she enjoyed her sales position at Sealfons in Summit.

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Bea was an active member and volunteer at Faith Lutheran Church for 55 years, where she was a member of the altar guild, volunteered at the Aids Hospice in Newark, and knitted scarves and hats for the Seaman’s Institute.   She was a member of the New Providence Seniors; an avid bridge player; and a volunteer at Sage Adult Day Care. 

Bea was the beloved wife of the late Robert H. Woodruff; loving mother of Robert B. Woodruff and his wife, Patricia, and Nancy Butler and her husband, the late Thomas; dear sister of the late Doris Conrad, William Davis and Mary Jane Lear and cherished grandmother of Christopher and Meagan Butler, Kyle and Tyler Woodruff.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South St., New Providence, would be appreciated

Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, Berkeley Heights.

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