Obit — Esther Woods |

Obit — Esther Woods

A memorial gathering will take place Dec. 8 for Esther Woods, who died peacefully Dec. 1, 2002, at Barton Memorial Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Woods was born Aug. 3, 1912, at Collingsville, Ill., to Joseph and Jessie Jokerst. She was one of nine children — eight girls and one boy. She attended high school in Collingsville, subsequently moving to Oklahoma City to attend business college. Later, she was secretary to the president of Royalty Service Corp., an oil drilling firm. She moved to Los Angeles in 1932, when the company transferred its offices.

She married Jack Woods of Burbank, Calif., June 1, 1939. They had one son, Bobby, who died from an illness when he was 16 years old. Esther and Jack lived in the San Fernando Valley area until 1972, when they moved to Lake Tahoe.

Mrs. Woods was a gifted athlete, having won the Oklahoma City Golf Championship one year, and later, in Los Angeles, the Women’s Singles Bowling title. In this event she bowled a perfect 300 games. As a champion, she became a member of the AMF bowling staff and for 10 years traveled throughout the U.S. teaching and performing exhibitions. She has been inducted into the California and Southern California Bowling Hall of Fame.

She was a member of the Edgewood Ladies Bridge Club and the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary from the time of her arrival at South Lake Tahoe. She also was a volunteer at Barton Hospital for more than 25 years.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Jack Woods of South Lake Tahoe; sisters, Jo Moerschell of Dallas, Texas; and Betty McCormack of Swansea, Ill.

A memorial gathering will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at the home of Patty Olson, 949 Bijou Road, South Lake Tahoe. All her friends are invited.

Arrangements are by McFarlane Mortuary.

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