“Wrapped in a bundle of life with God…” (I Samuel 25:29)
These words of Scripture are often found inscribed on gravestones of children who died at a very early age, especially in Jewish cemeteries where Jewish mothers expressed the almost inexpressible feelings of their hearts as they laid their children to rest.
As Christians we could also inscribe these words on the gravestones of our children and adult loved ones because they should bring great comfort and consolation to us as we think of those we have lost through sickness and death… (Dick Woodward, 23 September 2010)
On Monday morning, 22 June 2015, Dick Woodward’s precious wife, Ginny, went to rest in the Everlasting Arms of God with her five children gathered around her bedside. As the family sang “Amazing Grace,” she took her last breath. We, her family, are so grateful to God for the gift of her life and the amazing grace of Jesus that fills the legacy of love and faith she leaves with us.
As partner with Papa in ministry for 58 years of their marriage, during the last 25 years when he said, “we” would do something, he meant it. Mama literally served as his hands and feet (and much more besides) when he became a wheel-chair bound quadriplegic and then 10 years later a bedfast quad.
Steadfast faithfulness describes our precious Mama. We thank God for His faithfulness to her, and her faithfulness to God, to us, and to our Papa for so many years – a witness not only to our family and the Tidewater/ Williamsburg community, but all around the world where the Mini-Bible College continues to yield Kingdom fruit by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We pray that the seeds of faith she planted in our lives, watered with her deep, deep love of Jesus, will continue to bloom and grow for many years to come.
“… the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end…”
There will be a Memorial Celebration for Ginny Woodward at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, 26 June 2015, at the Williamsburg Community Chapel.
We, her family, thank you for your prayers at this time.
Thanks Virginia for posting this. You have also been a faithful servant to their ministry. You and your family are quite an example to us all! Sorry for your loss but happy for Ginny.
Ps 116:15 precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. All of us who were so blessed by Dick were blessed by Ginny, a really part of Dick. She served him and us so quietly and with such love! And as she weakened, Virginia stepped right into the role. Thank you, Virginia.
I’m so sorry for the grief and separation your family is experiencing, but have complete confidence that your Mom and Dad are reunited in Paradise. You, Dwight, and the whole Woodward clan have been such an encouragement to a world full of people. We can never, never thank you appropriately. Your Mom was an amazing force.
My heartfelt condolences and gratitude.
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On the passing of an incredible witness and wonderfully powerful person, Ginny Woodward. Chi Rho.
We are praying for you and your family.
Your parents mean so much to me and my growth in Christ.
I was privileged to know them during my college years at William and Mary (’82-’86) and learned what the Church as a community meant as I fellowshipped with them and other dear members of Community Chapel.
So thankful and grateful for the direct ministry and example of your parents. My life has been permanently impacted to align more closely with our precious Lord and I will forever cherish the Mini Bible College and the ongoing ministry of God’s Word through his servants, Dick and Ginny. Your family continues to inspire, inform and serve this needy world in love. Blessings to all,
Rob and Shirley Smith
Wonderful post, Virginia. I have been communicating with Mark and Cindy and just want you to know that we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Rejoicing with you as well! Blessings to all,
Gail & Larry Hart
What a beautiful testimony. I never met Ginny, but I know her daughter, Shere, and if she is any indication and reflection of her mother’s love and dedication, then Ginny must have been wonderful indeed. I am very sorry for what is and will be a great loss to your family, but what is certainly heaven’s gain.
With much love and warmest regards,
Deborah and Peter Cotorceanu
Sending you much, much love during this time. My heart is full of gratitude towards this beautiful wife and mother who left such a legacy to many…even us who have never met her in person.
Prayers for the whole family! xoxo Kara Briseno