Verona May 'Roni' Woodland

Verona May Woodland was born to Arthur McLearn and

Lucille Butler, on March 5, 1929, in Eureka, Calif., and passed away in Talent, Ore., on September 10, 2011, at the age of 82. She spent the happy years of her youth growing up in Fields Landing and graduated from Eureka High School in 1946.

In 1947, she married Merle Randle, and they had one daughter, Gloria. After Merle's death in 1966, Roni graduated from Eureka Business College and worked in the offices of Arcata Redwood and Industrial Electric. Roni met John Woodland in 1970, when he asked her to dance. They married in 1972, and John brought daughters, Shannon, Debbe, Joannie,

Connie, Linda and Lisa to her family.

Roni and John moved to the Medford, Ore., area and operated Auto Air and Radiator for 11 years before selling it when they retired in 1995. Their retirement centered around 15 years of RV travels and visits to their ever-growing family

before settling once again in the Medford area. Roni and John loved and danced through life for nearly 39 years, and during this time Roni weathered several serious illnesses but would be defined by none of them.

She will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife,

mother and grandmother. Roni was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Audrey Vinum; brothers, Hugh, Merlin, and Fred McLearn; daughters, Shannon Woodland, and Linda Walker; and grandson, Kolby Johnson. She is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Gloria Valles (Dave); grandchildren, Jennifer Mazzuca (Matt), Merl Valles (Lizzie), and Linda Gutierrez (Jesus); great-grandchildren, Anthony, Shawn, Big Cole, Little Cole, Reese, Santiago, and Taylor; daughters, Debbe Merseal (Keith), Joannie Kitzmiller (David), Connie

Woodland (John), and Lisa Spivey (Rob); grandchildren, Jeff Bailey, Jim Bailey (Rachelle), Amy Day (Jimmy), Toni

Woodland (Tasha), Jessi Woodland, Ashley Walker, Sheryl Paul, and Teresa Paul; great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Kaleb, Cassie, Wyatt, Emma, Shai, and Adrina.

Friends are invited to join the family at a picnic to celebrate Roni's life Saturday, October 1, 2011, 1:00 p.m., at Emigrant Lake Park Area D, Ashland, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Providence Hospice, 2033 Commerce Dr., Medford, OR 97504, or Humboldt County Historical Society, P.O. Box 8000, Eureka, CA 95502.

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