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Jill Ann (Gay) Woodworth

Jill Ann (Gay) Woodworth
  • March 31, 1967 - February 25, 2019
  • Battle Creek, formerly of Richland, Michigan

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“Jeff, you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: Amy Altman - Round Rock, TX

“The family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss of such a wonderful person. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Jill was Sarah Messner's 1st grade teacher. I didn't choose a teacher for Sarah, but If I did, it would have been Jill. She was loving, welcoming,...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: SHAWN Messner Arceneaux - Bourg, LA

“I will always remember your smile and compassion for the students you taught. I enjoyed teaching with you so much. You touched countless lives. ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Emily Francis - Mattawan, MI

“Mrs. Woodworth was a gentle, kind, loving guide to all of our children through elementary. Always with a smile, a quiet laugh or that knowing look-...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: The Bleeker Family - Scotts, MI

6 of 26 | Posted by: Lee Ann Higdon - Delton, MI

“My condolences to Jeff and the girls.Rudy ”
7 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Jeff,We are shocked and saddened to hear of Jill's passing.Please know that you and your daughters will be in our thoughts and prayers.Jeff and Deb...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Jeff and Deb Verburg - Gobles, MI

“Woody,I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't know what to say to comfort you. It's hard to believe such a young vibrant woman has passed. I know you are...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Rick Rocco - The Villages, FL

“Jill was the first friend I made in Kindergarten. We were friends all through school.After school, I got caught up when I saw Lucy.She was always a...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Lorie morgan - Kalamazoo, MI

“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Words can not express my sorrow. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Donald Kill Sr. - MASON

“I was happy to work with Jill and see that contagious smile she had. She taught both my sons, and they just adored her. We remember when she was...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Doretta, Alan, Andrew Shaw - MI

“Remembering Jill's contagious smile and beautiful, sweet person inside and out. The fondest memories are when we gathered around the lunch table,...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Barbara Gillespie - Kalamazoo, MI

“Jill (Mrs) Woodworth was a great teacher and a very sweet lady. One of the shining stars at Climax-Scotts. I am happy she was my son's teacher and to...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Diane Krause - Battle Creek, MI

“Jeff we were so sad to hear the news about your wife. Our heart breaks for you and your family. Our love and prayers Chub and Dorlee ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Charles and Dorlee Burton - FL

“Jill... such a precious lady who was a special wife for Jeff. We attended their beautiful wedding. Our hearts are broken for the family... please...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Gary and Pat Denslow - Crossville, TN

“I remember so many years ago when Jill, that beautiful, sweet, loving young lady started teaching at Climax-Scotts Schools. She was a joy to work...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Patti Pittman - Portage, MI

“Jeff, Megan and Rebecca, my heart goes out to you . Jill was a wonderful person and became a good friend when she married you Jeff. She will be...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Gretchen Williams - Battle Creek, MI

“So very sorry to hear this. Jill was always such a nice person and always friendly. My condolences to her family. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Andy Campbell - Richland, MI

“Jeff, I'm saddened to hear of Jill's passing. My prayers are with you and your family. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: John Bazel - Nixa, MO

“My heart breaks for the Woodworth family. Jill was my 3rd and 4th grade teacher, she was one of my all time favorite teachers and I absolutely adored...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Sabrina Wehner (Skelton) - VA

Jill  and Lorie and LeeAnn   1997
22 of 26 | Posted by: Lorie Hurd-Morgan

Julie and Lorie and LeeAnn and Jill  1988
23 of 26 | Posted by: Lorie Hurd-Morgan

“Woody,I am so very very sorry for the sudden lose of your beautiful wife. Praying for comfort and strength for you and your girls. Please know that...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy Frenzel-Hile - PALM BAY, FL

“Jill, I am so grateful for the time we had together. You blessed me with your warm smile and great personality. You will always be in my heart. I...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Lee Ann Higdon - Delton, MI

“I know this a difficult time for all the family. As your neighbor please accept my sincerest condolences. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Sara Helm - BATTLE CREEK, MI

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Jill Ann (Gay) Woodworth, age 51, of Battle Creek very unexpectedly passed into eternal rest on Monday, February 25, 2019. She was born March 31, 1967 the daughter of Robert W. and Lucille A. (Gray) Gay in Kalamazoo and grew up in Richland.

Jill was a 1985 graduate of Gull Lake High School and went on to earn a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Nazareth College in 1989. That fall, she embarked on a thirty-year career, teaching at Climax-Scotts Elementary School. She was adored by her co-workers and the parents of her students, but most of all by the hundreds of young people she nurtured and loved over the years. Several of her former students have said they went into teaching because of Jill.

One of Jill's greatest pleasures in life was spending time with her family and traveling to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Above all, her greatest joy was her two daughters, whom she has guided to become beautiful, accomplished young ladies.

Jill was preceded in death by her father, Robert Gay; her step-mother, Lenny Gay; as well as her special aunt, Vera Robinson. She is survived by her mother Lucille "Lucy" Gay of Richland, her husband of 24 years, Jeffrey A. Woodworth; and her daughters, Megan and Rebecca. Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Scott Woodworth of Austin, TX; her sister-in-law, Suzanne (Charles) Thomas of Hastings; and many beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. And we cannot forget her loving four-legged sidekick, "Maggie"!

A memorial service to celebrate Jill's life will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2nd at the 20th St. Church of Christ, 122 N. 20th Street Battle Creek, MI 49015. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 1st at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek, 105 Capital Ave. NE Battle Creek, MI 49017. Memorial contributions made to the family to help establish an education fund for Jill's girls, would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Jill may be placed at