Elizabeth Woodbury Walima
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Rockport - On Sunday, November 3, 2019, Elizabeth Woodbury Walima, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 72 in Rockport, Massachusetts. She will be dearly missed. Elizabeth, or Beth, as she was known by friends and family, was born on April 11, 1947, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Rockport High School in 1965, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State College, and later, a Master of Education from Lesley College. In June, 1969, Beth married her high school sweetheart, George Walima. They were married for 50 years, and in that time, they raised three beautiful children. Beth was always planning special activities and traditions for her family and friends. She especially loved spending time with her husband and children at Sokokis Lake in Maine during the summer. She celebrated every birthday and special event with her grandchildren and filled their holidays with magic and love.
Beth was known to her community through her teaching. Her first teaching job was a second grade class at Manchester Memorial Elementary School. She was a dedicated teacher within the Rockport Public School District for 23 years. Her most memorable years teaching were spent in the multi-age program, where she truly felt inspired and able to connect with her students until her retirement in 2007. Beth had a passion for teaching all subjects, but finding ways for students to understand math was particularly important to her. As a result, on May 10, 1996, Beth was the recipient of The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in Washington, D.C. Through her teaching, Beth inspired a deep love for teaching among her colleagues and a deep love for learning among her many students.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents, George and Pauline Woodbury, and her infant brother Brian. She's survived by her husband, George; her children Tasha Marshall and husband Justin; Jacob Walima and wife Alison; Rebecca Allred and husband Matthew; her grandchildren Abby and Gretel; Ian and Jacob Jr.; Tavin and Quin. She is also survived by her loving siblings: Peter Woodbury and wife Carolyn; Paul Woodbury and wife Jean; Mark Woodbury and wife Wendy; Ruth Sellers and husband James; Amy St. Denis and husband Andre. In addition, Beth is survived by her many adored nieces and nephews: Danielle Woodbury, Michael Woodbury; Melissa MacDonald, Serena MacDonald, Preston MacDonald; Nathan Sellers, Katelin Sellers, Cora Sellers, Jack Sellers; Matthew Woodbury, C├ęcile Woodbury, Mary Woodbury; Sarah Schocker, Mathieu Schocker, Taylor Schocker, Celeste Schocker, Caden Schocker; Zoey St. Denis, Hannah St. Denis, and Elizabeth St. Denis. Beth is survived by her dear friend Kathy Moss whom she loved and cherished.
Known for her compassionate spirit, loving kindness, and generosity, Beth instilled strong values in the lives of all she touched.
A celebration of her life will be held at the First Congregational Church of Rockport on Saturday, November 16, at 11:30 a.m., with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Rector's Discretionary Fund, P.O. Box 299, Rockport, MA, or to the Educational Foundation for Rockport, P.O. Box 836, Rockport, MA or online at rockportedfoundation.org. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 12, 2019

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