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, Cécile 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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Colleen Coogan
Jan 15, 2020
I don't know how I missed this, but was so sad to find out about "Mrs. Walima's" death. My daughter was in her last first grade class in multiage. I was lucky to aid in that class and see her genius in action. She built an incredible and supportive classroom culture, and set the bar high while letting the kids know that it might be hard but they could reach it with hard work. They loved to please her, and so they did reach it and were SOOO proud of themselves. I remember reading my daughter's incredible life history of the monarch butterfly in the Spring open house in Beth's class, our daughter chattering about caterpillar's and butterflies, her book a work of science, literacy, and art ...surprising for a first grader (who knew? well, Beth did). But the most amazing part is that as we were leaving, after nearly a full school year, my daughter wondered out loud when they would start "learning". The classwork was so rich and interesting, integrated across topic and subjects, that she did not know that she was learning beyond any "curriculum standards". A master teacher, apparently stern and yet kids knew she loved them. Grateful my family was enriched by her.Read more
Greg Dodge
Dec 06, 2019
Truely Aunt Beth was a compassionate soul who taught others and her children. May God keep you and give you peace in your time of loss.(Psalms 116:15) Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints. (NKJV)
Jayme Putaansuu
Nov 18, 2019
Mrs Walima was my first grade teacher in Pigeon cove. She was a wonderful teacher and a kind person. I will always have nice memories of her than and after.
Jayme Putaansuu
Nov 18, 2019
Mrs Walkma was my first grade teacher in Pigeon cove. She was a wonderful teacher and a kind person. I will always have nice memories of her than and after.
Amy Drago
Nov 17, 2019
Mrs Walima was my favorite teacher at Manchester Memorial. So sad to hear of her passing. And very sorry for your loss. She was my teacher in I believe 1972. 😢
Betsy MacDonald
Nov 17, 2019
Mrs. Walima was my favorite teacher of all time. I had her in first grade at Manchester Memorial school, which must have been in 1974. I loved her and I'm sorry she is gone. I'm sure I'm among hundreds of kids whose lives she touched and still remember our sweet teacher that we were lucky to have in our early school life.
Buzz Rowe
Nov 16, 2019
So sorry to hear of Beth's passing. Prayers for you George and your family.
Gary Kathy Gilbo
Nov 15, 2019
So sorry our thoughts are with you . Hope to see you in Maine soon .
Colleen King
Nov 15, 2019
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Susan Brucchi Collins
Nov 14, 2019
Goodbye dear friend. I will always remember you.
Nov 14, 2019
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