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“I will miss you Mary. It was an honor to work with you. I still have the dancing Rudolph you gave me and it makes me and my girls laugh every year. ...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: John Lankford - Chattanooga, TN

“Oooo, my Mrs Mary, I am truly sadden that we have lost you. You were and are the best. When I was going through my mess, you kept telling me to not...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: LILLIE BAKER - SAUNDERSTOWN, RI

“I just learned today of Ms Wood's passing, and I want to just say how very sorry I am to Mr Wood's, Carolyn, and the entire family. I spent many a...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Cozzens-Hebert - morristown, NJ

“I worked with Mary for a couple of years as the Command Master Chief at the REDCOM, what a marvelous lady she was.........May she rest in peace..... ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: CMDCM(Ret) John Dickinson - NY

“Our REDCOM ONE family is deeply saddened by the loss of such a lovely and well admired woman. I will never forget how Mrs. Mary would always have a...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: HANK HARRIS - LANGHORNE, PA

“My deepest condolences to family and friends. I was honored to work with Mary from 1997 until she retired at REDCOM ONE in Newport. She had the...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Ben Witcher - Bridgewater, MA

“I was saddened to hear the news that Mary Woods had passed on. I worked with Mary at REDCOM in Newport, RI as many did. She was always so kind to...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Carrie Jacox - Narragansett, RI

“Sweet, Sweet Mary, I am truly honored to have had the pleasure of working with you and getting to know you at REDCOM Northeast. My thoughts and...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Crowley - Slidell, LA

“My deepest sympathy to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Mary at the Readiness Command in Newport during the time I was there from 1994...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Ken Russell - Interlochen, MI

“Many memories and wonderful things to say about Ms. Mary. Wow, seems like yesterday I met this very special and wonderful woman. My heartfelt...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Nicole Myhill (Schaumann) - NY

“I had the pleasure and honor to serve with Mary at REDCOM ONE from 1994-1998. She was a popular and well liked member of the civilian staff, a...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Wid Perry - Greenfield, MA

“Bob so sorry to hear about your sister. My thoughts are with you and the entire Ellard clan. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Joseph Maguire - Ashland, MA

“To the entire Woods/Ellard family....you are all in my thoughts at this very sad time. Rest in peace Mary. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Robert Sullivan - Billerica, MA

“It's unreal! I will sadly miss the woman that was my second mother while I was growing up. I have reminisced a lot over the past few days and have...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Karen Leigh - Mayfield, KY

“OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO A GREAT FAMILY. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: colin-lorraine campbell - MA

“To Mary's family... I was very saddened to read about your loss today. Please accept my heartfelt condolances on the loss of your loved one... Mary...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Pam Bertel - Middletown, RI

“ON BEHALF OF THE AOH, AND THE MURPHY FAMILY, CONDOLENCES TO MARK AND THE WOODS FAMILY. MOTHERS ARE ALWAYS SPECIAL; AND MARY WAS OUR MOTHER'S NAME....Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: PATRICK F. MURPHY - NEWPORT, RI

“Our deepest Sympathies on your loss to the Woods and The Ellard Families. Mary will be missed but fond memories you all have. You all in our...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: William & Mary Murphy - Tewksbury, MA


Middletown, RI - Mary Jane (Ellard) Woods, 72, of Middletown, RI, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI. She was the beloved wife of Ronald S. Woods. Born in Chelsea, MA on October 11, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Nicolas Francis and Jane (McHugh) Ellard. Mary worked for 15 years as an administrative assistant for the U.S. Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region One, Newport, RI. She received numerous awards throughout her many years of exemplary service, including Civilian of the Year. Upon retirement, much of her time was spent volunteering at the Newport Hospital Gift Shop, and was recently recognized for her 4600 hours of service. As the oldest of ten children, she was happiest when surrounded by her extensive family reminiscing about the many colorful memories they shared. She was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast, and was gifted with a wonderfully quirky sense of humor that left a lasting impression on all who met her. She will be greatly missed. Along with her husband of 54 years, she is survived by her children, Marie Belli of Selden, NY, Mark C. Woods of Newport, RI, Susan Jane Matros of Griswold, CT, and Carolyn F. Browne of Dunedin, FL, and her grandchildren, Shannon Woods-Ventura of Warwick, RI, Tia Roberts of Clarkesville, IN and Brandon Matros of Griswold, CT. She is also survived by her three sisters, Marguerite Leigh, Patricia Willhelm, and Barbara Turner, as well as her five brothers, John, Frank, Kevin, Patrick, and Robert Ellard. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, from 9-11am in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, followed by a service at 11am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter. Donations in her memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL, 32256.

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