When I come to the river at the ending of day, when the last winds of sorrow have blown, there’ll be Somebody waiting to show me the way, I won’t have to cross Jordan alone. I won’t have to cross Jordan alone, Jesus died for my sins to atone, when the darkness I see, He’ll be waiting for me, I won’t have to cross Jordan alone.
Ardyss Marilyn Woods, 72, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 5, 2014 after a long struggle with sarcoma cancer. She is the former Ardyss Cougle of East Corinth, Maine. Ardyss was born December 19, 1941 in Bangor, Maine. She graduated from East Corinth Academy in 1959. She was a 1966 of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, after which she moved to Raleigh with her husband and began her teaching career at Millbrook High School until 1969. Jeffrey was born in 1969 and Jonathan in 1972. While staying at home and rearing her children, she earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from North Carolina State University. In 1980, she began teaching at Friendship Christian School for 13 years. She took one year out of teaching to pursue other endeavors but the love of teaching and working with young people brought her back to education. She then joined Wake Christian Academy in 1994 for 15 years, as teacher, counselor, and Assistant High School principal. After retiring in 2009, she worked with the North Carolina Christian School Association in the area of accreditation. She also consulted with several schools in helping them obtain their accreditation. During these years, she also completed all course work (ABD) for a PhD in Education.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John Woods and their two sons Jeffrey William Woods of the home and Dr. Jonathan Bradley Woods of Wilmington; grandchildren: Brittley, Avery, Cameron and Spencer Woods; sister: Eleanor Cougle of Raleigh; brother, Raymond Cougle of Slidell, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Marian Cougle; sister, Phyllis Wolfe and brother, Gordon Cougle.
Funeral service 11:00 am, Friday, November 7, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church, 5510 Falls of Neuse, Raleigh, NC 27609. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park. The Woods family will receive relatives and friends, Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the church from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Durham Rescue Mission, Durham, NC or Friendship Christian Schools Scholarship Fund.
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.