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Wally A. Woodworth

August 18, 1930 – Sept. 17, 2016


A memorial service will be on November 19, 2016 at the First Congregational Church located at 214 S. 3rd Street, Dayton, Wash. for the late Wally A. Woodowrth. The service will be in the basement fireside room starting at 11:30 a.m. A lunch will follow.

Wally passed on September 17, 2016, at the age of 86. Born on August 18, 1930 to Roy and Mattie Sanders Woodworth in Dayton, Wash. ,he was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother Clyde Woodworth who was killed in action during WWII in 1945.

Surviving, are his sister Pat Leid of Dayton, nephew Greg Leid, and wife Joan, of Waitsburg, Wash., Nieces Cheryl Leid of Grandview, Wash., Cindy Antony and husband John of Galesville, Wis. Also surviving, are one great-niece and great nephew, along with longtime friend Norm Dull of Dayton, Wash.

Wally graduated from high school at Dayton High in 1948. He attended Central Washington College of Education in 1949, graduating with a BA degree in 1952. He started his teaching career in Toppenish, Wash. (Top-Hi). He taught from 1953-1955. The school year of 1956 he substitute taught in Los Angeles and, not liking the large city, returned to Washington State.

The following years of 1957-1959 were in the Kennewick, Wash. High School. In 1960 he moved to Seattle to teach at the "Hi-Line" school district and remained there until 1964.

In 1965, remaining in Seattle, he moved to the "Tyee" High School being offered a teaching position as department head of the English department. The last three years of his teaching career were to fulfill a dream of teaching in the very high school he had graduated from. In 1980, he taught in the Dayton, Wash. high school, watching the students starting as sophomores and graduating their senior year in 1983. Retirement came to Wally that year.

In all his teaching years, he taught English along with literature, journalism, drama, and typing.

In his retirement years, he lived in Walla Walla; Albequerque, New Mexico; Mesa and Apache Junction, Ariz.; and back to Dayton during the last 21 years.

Wally enjoyed camping in his Silver Streak trailer with his friend Norm at the State Park and being outdoors. He also had a great love for animals, especially cats.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Humane Society or other animal rescue organization.


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