Henrietta Cliff Woodbury

Posted Sept. 18, 2012, at 9:59 a.m.

SANDWICH, Mass. – Henrietta “Henny” Cliff Woodbury died peacefully Sept. 7, 2012, at Mayflower Place, West Yarmouth, Mass. Henny was born Oct. 30, 1916, in Masardis, daughter of Lawrence and Lucy Goding Cliff.

She grew up in Lincoln, where she attended school, graduating from Mattanawcook Academy in 1932, and the University of Maine, Orono, in 1937. She was a member of AOP sorority and was named to the All Maine Women’s Collegiate Field Hockey Team. After graduating she taught school for one year at Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield. She met Harold “Woodie” Woodbury while attending the University of Maine. They married June 20, 1938, at her family home in Lincoln, and resided in Orono until 1978 with a brief absence during World War II. Henny worked as a librarian at the University of Maine Fogler Library until retiring in 1978. She spent many years attending athletic events while Woodie taught and coached at the university. They were very involved with town and campus life, hosting alumni events and groups attending campus functions, and occasionally providing dinners for athletic teams during holiday breaks. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, playing bridge, and participating in recreational activities in Maine. Henny’s life centered around her family. She was an enthusiastic supporter of all their activities, as well as an avid Boston Red Sox and Celtics fan. She and Woodie retired from the University in 1978 moving to Sandwich, Mass., to be closer to grandchildren and enjoy milder winters as well as a longer golf season. They were active members of First Church of Sandwich and Round Hill Country Club.

She is survived by her loving family: two sons, Jon and wife, Barbara, of Cornwall, Vt., and Robert and wife, Gloria, formerly of East Sandwich, Mass., now Bonita Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren, Krista Matthes and Mike of Lafayette, Colo., Justin and Toniann of Denver, Jon and Suzanne, Melissa and Tim, and Robert and Jennifer, all of Sandwich, Mass.; and seven great-grandchildren, Cody, Hunter, Cole, Mason and Jillian, all of Sandwich, Mass., and Zane and Skylar of Lafayette, Colo. She was predeceased by her husband, Woodie; sisters, Norma and Marianne; granddaughter, Johanna; and great-granddaughter, Nayley. Henny will be dearly missed by all her family.

A private family celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date.

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