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A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for Gwendolyn Louise Woody, the eldest daughter of Spence and Frances Woody. She passed away Nov. 18. She was born in Newport News, Va. She was educated in the Jersey City public school system and had a lifelong love of learning. She studied at the former Jersey City State College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her professional career began in data processing, eventually transitioning into computer support and training. Her expertise saw her travelling and serving clients as diverse as Macy’s and Leavenworth Federal Prison.

For the past 17 years, Gwen worked at the Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Public Library. This reflected her natural appetite for reading, as well as her wide appetite for the intricacies of life and her love of current events. One of her greatest joys was being able to provide service directly to the community on the bookmobile. She was loved and respected by her peers and was a recipient of the Perfect Attendance Award for 2003 and 2004. Gwen was fiercely independent, and her favorite season was the fall, when she could enjoy bundling up in sweaters and being outdoors. And she loved her music. For the past few years she supported an annual concert devoted to breast cancer awareness. She looked forward to this event and the support of family, friends and colleagues. Although Gwen struggled later in life with various health issues, her sweet, even-keeled disposition never changed. Gwen was predeceased by her father, Spence, and her brother, Ronald. She leaves to mourn her mother, Martha Frances, her sister, Eugenia, a younger brother, Kenneth - former national and international news editor with The Star-Ledger, a sister publication of the Jersey Journal -his wife Edna and Ronald’s widow, Celestine, a niece, Vanisha and goddaughter, Aprille Nelson Smith, as well as a host of loving family members and friends.

Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.

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