Elizabeth A. Woodhams

Elizabeth Arlene Woodhams, a feisty, adaptable woman who lived a long and wonderful life, went home April 2, 2021. Elizabeth, 99, of Charlotte was born February 28, 1922 in Eaton Township to Claude and Johanna (Klump) Royston. She attended Royston School, Charlotte High School, and Michigan State College Short Course with home economics as her main interest. In 1942, she married Larry Woodhams, and together they raised five children on the family farm on Royston Road. She was able to use her education to make the most of their life on the farm. Her gardening and canning skills were a good fit for her frugal ways, and she loved to bake pies. With her positive nature, she was able to adapt to the life changes that were put in her path. She attended First Baptist Church since a teenager, and became a member on July 4, 1971. She served as a Sunday school teacher, helped in the office, as well as the kitchen. Elizabeth read the daily paper to keep up with current events and was a delightful addition to conversations. She liked to read, do word-search puzzles, write poetry, and she kept up with daily life by recording in 33 journals. Elizabeth was always interested in those around her and kept up with their interests and concerns as well. She maintained her independence by staying in their own home after Larry died in 1979. The family would like to thank Moore’s AFC for taking such good care of Mom since 2016.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Joy (Ray) Black; sons, Ivan (Linda Gerard) Woodhams, Lee (Pat) Woodhams, Gary Woodhams, Jon (Morris) Woodhams; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Pardee; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Larry; and her sisters, Mavis Potter and Virginia Wohlgemuth.
The family will hold a private graveside ceremony. A memorial service will be held in July, and the family will be extending invitations. Elizabeth loved raising flowers but suggested instead contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Charlotte, or Child Evangelism Fellowship. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Elizabeth on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.