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1933 Ardith 2015

Ardith Irene Woodham

July 21, 1933 — April 25, 2015

Ardith Irene Woodham, daughter of Robert Lewis Hinkle and Irene Anne (Kaino) Hinkle passed away peacefully on April 25, 2015. Ardith was born on July 21, 1933 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, who was in the Navy, was stationed in Hawaii at the time of her birth. The Navy life was something that young Ardith enjoyed. Following a brief couple of early years in Hawaii, her father was transferred to Empire, Oregon and then Bainbridge Island, Washington, which Ardith often spoke of quite fondly. Her family eventually settled down in Klipsan Beach, Washington, where her father bought property and built the family home. Ardith attended Ocean Park School grade school and then attended Ilwaco High School, graduating in 1951. Ardith and Wallace Holman Woodham were married in 1951 and remained happily married for fifty eight years with Wallace preceding her in death in 2010. Her Finnish heritage was a source of pride. She would tell stories of her mother Irene, an Ilwaco Finn, and her grandparents who emigrated to Ilwaco from Finland. Ardith would talk of the hard work her grandmother went through managing a boarding house in Ilwaco to supply extra income for her family. One of Ardith's greatest pleasures was enjoying the beauty of nature. She loved the peace and tranquilty of being on the Naselle River, sitting on the bank, and just listening to the sounds of the river and her surroundings. Reading was more than a pastime for Ardith. She loved to read, specifically books about people, their lives, and their accomplishments. She felt that this would give her insight into how people think and why they did what they did. She raised two sons, Mark Allen Woodham of Olympia, Washington and Bradley Clyde Woodham of Ocean Park, Washington. Ardith is survived by three grandchildren: Brianna Warfield, Thomas Woodham, and Andrew Woodham and three great grandchildren: Mikaila Warfield, Rowan Woodham, and Mona Lily Woodham. Ardith was a great mother to her two sons, Mark and Brad. She felt that having a home where their friends would be warmly welcomed would be a positive environment for all. For her sons, this environment gave them the opportunity to develop many lifelong friendships that without this warm welcoming atmosphere would have never been possible. Ardith's presence in our lives will be greatly missed. By Ardith's wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to South Pacific Humane Society or the organization of one's choice.

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