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Elizabeth Rose (Davis) Woodcock
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Elizabeth Rose Davis Woodcock, 96, died on July 22, 2018.

She was born in Shelbiana, Kentucky to Myrtle LaRue Williams Davis and Richard Walton Davis who moved to Hot Springs soon after her birth. Proud to be on the Cradle Roll as an infant, she remained a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church. Her Christian faith was a source of steadfast spiritual comfort and joy. She served on the church Board of Stewards as an honorary member for life.

After graduating from Hot Springs High School in 1939, she attended Hendrix College for two years before graduating from Rhodes College in Memphis. During this time, she married William Alfred Woodcock, also a Hot Springs resident. Upon his graduation from the University of Tennessee Medical School, they moved to Seattle where she worked for Boeing Aircraft, as he prepared for military service during WWII. When Alfred returned from the war, he and Elizabeth lived first in Berryville, Arkansas and then moved to Little Rock where Alfred completed his surgical residency. In 1954, Elizabeth and Alfred returned to Hot Springs to raise their family.

Elizabeth is survived by two of her three daughters, Betty Rose Babcock (Ken) and Susannah Woodcock (David Tachau); five grandchildren, Kathleen Rose McCollum (Byron), Jennifer Kay Babcock (Tracy Blase), William Matthew LaRue, Anna Elizabeth Tachau, and William Alfred Tachau; six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren; and a niece, Diane Heath of Wichita, Kansas.

“Liz” loved life and embraced adventure. Her first date with Alfred ended with the two of them climbing to the top of Rix Tower on Tower Mountain, an escapade her mother Myrtle would not learn of for several years! Excited by travel, she visited Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and most of the states in the U.S. In 1959-60, she lived in Nome, Alaska, where she taught school among the Eskimos.

A country girl at heart, she was happiest outdoors: fishing with her father, gardening, raking leaves, hiking, picking blackberries, swimming, boat riding, walking with her dogs, and watching the sky for eagles flying over Lake Hamilton. Indoors, she loved listening to music, reading, working with clay and ceramics, playing bridge, and cooking for family and friends. Her daughters will lovingly remember two things about her cooking: the best fried chicken ever made and the mess the kitchen was in when she finished.

While she loved having fun, she also demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping others. Elizabeth adored children and dedicated 15 years of her life to teaching and nurturing them at Lakeside Elementary. She also volunteered for several organizations, including Girl Scouts of America, Project Head Start, Jackson House, and The Caring Place.

Her daughters will remember and respect her as a woman of indomitable spirit, who never let life's sadnesses defeat her.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Joy Woodcock LaRue, first husband Dr. William Alfred Woodcock, her second husband Horace Housley, and a brother Richard Davis of Kansas.

Her daughters feel immense gratitude to Gina and Charlie Filipek of Simple Care and to Arkansas Hospice for Elizabeth's loving and professional care.

A service of remembrance will be held at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home on Tuesday July 31 at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Expressions of sympathy may be sent in her name to The Caring Place or First United Methodist Church.


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Visitation

Tuesday

31

Jul

10:00 AM
Caruth-Hale Funeral Home

155 Section Line Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Celebration Service

Tuesday

31

Jul

11:00 AM
Caruth-Hale Funeral Home

155 Section Line Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913

Cemetery Details

Location

Greenwood Cemetery

701 Greenwood Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71913

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