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Aline Woodruff

August 20, 1933 — March 31, 2022

Obituary for Aline Woodruff (Williams)

Funeral services for Aline Woodruff, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 9, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Rio Vista. Burial will follow at 12:15 P.M. at Sand Flat Cemetery in Johnson County.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8:00 P.M., Friday, April 8, 2022 at Rosser Funeral Home.

Aline Woodruff, 88 years old, was born in Wapanucka, Oklahoma on August 20, 1933, the daughter of Clarence Williams and Ruth Robertson. She married Phillip A. Woodruff Sr. on February 24, 1951. He preceded her in death on November 30, 2001, after over 50 years of marriage. Aline passed away on March 31, 2022. She was preceded in death by two of her three children and a daughter in law, David Everett Woodruff, Phillip Austin Woodruff Jr. and his lovely wife Lydia Woodruff.

Survivors include her daughter- Linda Marlin, grandchildren- Cody and Emily Crisp, Meghan Marlin, Susan Reetz, Taylor Woodruff, Garrett Woodruff, and Marshall Woodruff, Great grandchildren- Avery Woodruff, Gareth Crisp, Tyler Crisp, Blake Crisp, and Kenzie Crisp, Zeppelin Capelle, Kayla Reetz , Christian Reetz, and Hunter Carpenter; sisters- Patricia Hlazinka and Irene Dekert. Aline also has three great-great grandchildren on the way which will never get to meet her in person but will undoubtedly be affected in a positive way by the huge shining light she has left trailing behind.

In addition to her blood family, Aline has a network of work and professional family that spans her 88 years. She was a devout church member at both Sand Flat Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Rio Vista and a member of the order of the Eastern Star. She was a stay at home Mom and bookkeeper for her husband’s business until her children were grown, and then got a job in the payroll department at Rangaire while going back to college for her teaching degree. She began teaching the 4th grade at Rio Vista Elementary school and for many years her 4th grade was a right of passage to RVISD students. If you lived or went to school in Rio Vista and are under the age of 60, you…or your children…or your grandchildren (or all three) had Mrs. Woodruff as a teacher. She was named teacher of the year in 1994. She went above and beyond to assist with school projects and raising money to take children to NASA and other educational places of interests and like many teachers dug deep into her own pockets to make education come alive for the children in her care. When her husband became terminally ill she retired for a short time, but returned afterward and continued to serve the students of Rio Vista and the community for a total of four decades. On the morning she passed, the last text she sent was to the school setting up a substitute teacher for her class for “one more day” because she was having chest pains. A soldier for the cause of teaching to end. Rest well Aline, your watch is over and you left us some big shoes to fill, but we will do our best to fill that void with the love and teaching you left behind.

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