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Marie Gray Woods

Marie Gray Woods

Apr 17, 1941

Jan 17, 2021


Marie Gray Woods, 79, of Louisville, died January 17, 2021at Baptist Health.

Visitation: 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday January 25, 2021at W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home 3815 Newburg Road. Funeral to follow at 3pm.

Service will be streamed live on

Marie Woods was born in the Spring of 1941 on April 17th to John and Ardella Gray. She departed this life on 17 January 2021, just a few months before she could celebrate her 80th birthday.

Marie later married her husband, Nathan "Buddy" Woods. To this union eight (8) children were born. Five (5) sons Carl, Terry, Steve, Raymond and Michael and three (3) daughters; Sharon, Sandra and Sheila.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, her mother and father and eight (8) siblings; Fred, Elmer, Earl, Richard, Edward, Lillian, Bessie and Johnnie Mae.

Survived by two (2) siblings; Bernice (Cricket) Thomas of Missouri and Rachel Givens. Her eight (8) children, mentioned above, a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and five (5) close dear friends - Ethel Lee, Deloris Townsend, Annie Humphrey, George Guy and Virginia Mason.

Marie resided in Elgin, Illinois while working for Elgin Mental Health Center for over 20 years. After retirement she moved on to Louisville, Kentucky in 2003 where she remained until her transition onward.

Her passions included getting in the kitchen and whipping up home cooked meals and spending quality time with her family. Marie was very avid about her bingo, but it was her family that made the spark that ignited her spirit.

Marie has been affectionately known to some as "Auntie" or "Momma Woods" had a spirit that was warm, welcoming and sweet. You never felt as if you were being judged when in the presence of her. Always with a smile that would make you (no matter the case), smile back and feel that warmth of love that only Marie could exude.

Marie will most definitely be missed by us all, but we'll gently and kindly be reminded of her presence and joy whenever the winds blow softly, the leaves rustle, the sun shines brightly and the rains fall quietly and we then hear those whispering words, "hey baby..."

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