Loma Faye Shannon Woodworth of Dale, was born March 22, 1943, and passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 after 72 years devoted to taking care of her family and developing her unique zest for life.
Loma was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Joe Lee Woodworth.
She was also preceded by her parents, Alice and Arthur Shannon; sister, Sherry McKamie, brothers,
Glen Engelke, Gene Shannon and Jerry Shannon; daughter, Betty Jo; grandson Joe, III; and great-granddaughter, Julie.
She is survived by her sister, Linda Haggstrom; brothers, Dean Shannon, Sparky Engelke and Steve Shannon; daughters, Rhonda, Sheryl, Merle and Michelle; sons, Eugene, Joe, William, Dan and Jim; 26 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws, and extended family.
Loma never knew a stranger. She not only kept her heart and home open to her own family but never hesitated to include extended family, friends, and any random soul she ran across that needed a helping hand or just had an interesting story to tell. Loma also never met an opinion she couldn’t oppose, embrace, or embellish – often at the same time.
With over 30 combined years driving with the Del Valle ISD, the Austin ISD, and Capitol Metro, her family and her stories did nothing but grow. As the matriarch and rock that kept her family grounded as they went out on their own way, she was also the shining light protecting them on their adventures and guiding them back home again to add more chapters to the family story.
Her light shines from another direction now, dimmer to us, but never fading and always ready to guide us home once more.
Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home in Bastrop, Texas. Funeral Services will be 1p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at the funeral home with burial to follow in Upper Cedar Creek Cemetery, Cedar Creek, Texas.