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In Memory of

Glenna Woodruff

June 25, 1930 - June 18, 2017

Obituary


Glenna Carlsen Woodruff passed away on June 18, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Salt Lake City on June 25, 1930, the eldest child and only daughter of Glen Weaver Carlsen and Exzelda Call. She grew up in Salt Lake City, and was a gifted tap dancer who performed in professional theatrical events throughout the community, beginning at age four. She graduated from East High School in 1948. She married her high school sweetheart, Nathan Howard Woodruff on October 9, 1949 in Boise, Idaho; their marriage was later sealed in the...

Glenna Carlsen Woodruff passed away on June 18, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Salt Lake City on June 25, 1930, the eldest child and only daughter of Glen Weaver Carlsen and Exzelda Call. She grew up in Salt Lake City, and was a gifted tap dancer who performed in professional theatrical events throughout the community, beginning at age four. She graduated from East High School in 1948. She married her high school sweetheart, Nathan Howard Woodruff on October 9, 1949 in Boise, Idaho; their marriage was later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had four children.

Glenna lived for most of her life in Salt Lake City and in Casper, Wyoming, with four years spent in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she and her husband were stationed with the U.S. Air Force. She learned German as they lived with a local family, and she acted in theatrical performances during their time there.

Glenna was always grateful that she could stay home and raise her four children. Her house was the hub of fun and activity for her children and their friends, and people loved spending time at the Woodruff home. Later, when her husband's health declined, she used her organizational skills in helping to manage the family supermarket business, even while caring for Nathan. During this time, she also fought a valiant fight with breast cancer, with rarely a complaint. Her work ethic was exceptional, and she felt great pride in passing that along to her children. She eventually worked as the Geologic Librarian at Marathon Oil Company in Casper. After her husband's death in 1986, she moved two years later to Salt Lake, where she was employed in the medical records departments at LDS and IMC hospitals. She retired from IMC at age 79.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her favorite calling was serving as stake librarian for nearly twenty years. She had a lovely singing voice, and enjoyed singing in church choirs throughout her life.

In her later years, she devoted herself to caring for her mother and her only brother, Jimmy.

Glenna is survived by her children: Steven, Mark (Peggy), Karen Woodruff Martinez (Sam), and Linda Bergstrom (Neal); also by eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, all of whom will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother.

She enjoyed her last 2 years living at Sagewood at Daybreak. The family wishes to express appreciation to their caring staff, as well as her wonderful nurses from Dignity Home Health and Hospice.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 S. Highland Drive, SLC, UT. Viewings will be held at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Wednesday evening, June 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Thursday morning prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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