Lea Woodward

November 26, 1927 ‒ January 15, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Lea Woodward, age 91, of Mount Vernon passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Country Court Nursing Center.

She was born on November 26, 1927, in Champaign County, Ohio, to the late Franklin and Virgia (Long) Speece.  She married Robert Woodward on March 20, 1948, while both were students at Ohio State University.  As the daughter of a teacher and a college graduate with a degree in English, Lea passed along her love of reading to her children.  She also taught her daughters to sew, knit, crochet, and embroider.  She loved her flower gardens and was a long-time member of the Tan and Toil Garden Club.  She was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.

Lea is survived by her son Robert Woodward; daughters Caris Eschenauer and Kim Woodward; her sister Grace Davis; her brother Melvin Speece; grandchildren Eric Eschenauer and Dawn Chow; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lea was preceded in death by her husband Robert Woodward; her brother William Speece; and her sister Martha Kreager.

Friends may call on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 11AM-1PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.  A service will follow beginning at 1PM with Rev. Karen Oehl officiating.  Burial will take place in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington D.C.  20077.

To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Lea Woodward.


  • So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Spent a lot of time in her home with Caris as a teenager and with her as our 4H advisor.

  • Kim so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady . We are thinking of you during this difficult tine.

  • So sorry to hear of her passing ! Caris has been like my sister here in Indiana, we both go to the Garrett United Methodist Church and sit together. And since my hip surgeries Caris has been coming and picking me up for church and taking me shopping and Dr. appointments. Her mother taught her well as she can do and make beautiful things. My late husband mowed for Caris, did her trails that she loved to walk. my heart goes out to you all, But we know Lea is in the Angel’s Arms, and I am very sure God said Welcome Home My Good and Faithful Servant! May Our Awesome God Wrap His Comforting Arms around you all.
    Kimbelene K Folden
    Garrett IN

  • So sorry for your loss, Caris. I know this is a hard time for you but you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The pathfinders Sunday school class

    Carol and Peter
    Tom and Teresa

  • Kim and Family….I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Prayers going out to those she leaves behind.

  • Caris, Kim and Robert – I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your mother as kind woman with a ready smile. Lea and Robert made a lovely home of that house and garden on the corner. Those of us fortunate to spend our childhood in Millwood are grateful for the freedom and love we enjoyed. May your many pleasant memories of your time together comfort you in your loss.

  • Kim, sorry to hear of your mothers passing my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.