Annette Marie (Howard) Woods
Annette Woods, 53, of Abilene, Texas, passed away on April 25, 2021.
Visitation will be at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 5:00–7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Oldham Lane Church of Christ, Friday, April 30, 2021, at 10:00, with Chris McCurley and Robert Oglesby officiating. Burial will take place at Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories, 5701 Highway 277 South, immediately following.
Annette was born in Midland, Texas, to Charles Lee and Ann Marie (Seiler) Howard on July 18, 1967. She was the first born of twin daughters. Her father’s work in the petroleum industry moved the family from Midland, to Monahans, Hobbs, NM, Casper, WY, and finally to Abilene. She attended Madison Middle School and Cooper High School where she participated in the Awesome Cooper Band, graduating in 1985. She continued her education at Abilene Christian University, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She married Winston Todd Woods in a double wedding ceremony with her twin sister, Charlotte and husband Brad Beakley, on the 27th anniversary of her parents wedding, June 16th, 1989.
Annette’s three greatest loves were family, children, and animals. She utilized her education teaching pre-k, kindergarten, special education, and ESL through her many certifications. She adored teaching and anyone who witnessed her teaching knew that it was her special calling in life. She took early retirement due to health issues. She was the epitome of a servant, showing compassion for “the least of these” from elderly family members to any animal in need.
One of the greatest highlights of her life was seeing her two children marry in the past year. With her excellent floral skills, she designed floral creations for both of her children’s weddings and has also designed arrangements for many other family & friend’s events.
She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Lambda Xi Chapter, a professional honor society of key women educators. She applied for, and received, grants to aid many local first-year teachers through DKG. She felt honored to serve as a case study for the students of Hardin Simmons Physical Therapy degree program. She also loved to teach little ones in Sunday School. She was currently a member of Oldham Lane Church of Christ.
Annette was preceded in death by grandparents, Lila and George Seiler, C.M. and Daisy Doris Howard, father-in-law, Bill Woods, stepfather-in-law, Jud Watson, brother-in-law, Jeff Woods, and sister-in-law Denise Woods.
Annette is survived by husband, Todd; their children, Austin and wife Ragan, and daughter, Ashley and husband William Peach; father and mother, Charles and Ann Howard; and mother-in-law, Juana Woods Watson. She is also survived by sister, Charlotte and husband, Brad Beakley, and brother Mark Howard and wife, Jenna; brother-in-law, Alan Woods and wife, Fiona; many nieces and nephews: Lee and wife Cassidy, Drew, and Trent Beakley; Chase, Dylan, Cade, Nate, and Emma Howard; Josh, Danielle, Jessalyn, Jason, Dylan, and Logan Woods.
Pallbearers will be Lee, Drew, and Trent Beakley, Chase, Dylan, and Cade Howard.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Nate Howard, Trey, Caleb, Reagan, and Colton Brumley.
Memorials may be sent to: Lone Star Early Bronco Club college scholarship, mail to 72 Trail Ridge, Huntsville, TX 77320, or Hardin Simmons University Physical Therapy Program – HSU PT Ministries, 1325 Pine Street, TX 79601. Or you can donate through their link online – https://connect.hsutx.edu/donate