Tom Woodington Memorial Fund

Our mother is such a wonderful woman.  She has spent most of her adult life being not only the mother of three daughters (a feat in itself), but also a caregiver to her ailing husband.  Until recently she was a stay at home mom and wife, spending all of her spare time rescuing animals and offering free babysitting and pet services to her neighbors, friends and family.  Because of this, she has had a hard time getting back into the workforce after the death of her husband.  With accumulating hospital bills and everyday expenses, she now is having a hard time keeping afloat. 

 

She has tried so hard to make everyone's life easier in the face of this tragedy that she seems to have let her own hardships fall by the wayside.  Now she needs our help.  As her daughters, we would love to be able to afford to give her all of the aid she needs, but unfortunately, we can't. 

 

It is because of all of this that we ask for your help.  We do have some services we can offer in exchange for donations made to the cause.  We would love to help our mother be debt free, and thank you in advance for any donations you can make, well wishes you have, and any prayers you can include us in. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our story.  God bless.

Below you will find the heartfelt words from our father's obituary written by Thomas Woodington's youngest daughter:

Thomas Ramsey Woodington died October 27, 2012, at the age of 59. Thomas was born July 10, 1953 to Charles and Beatrice Woodington in Huntington Park, California. At a young age, Thomas showed immense artistic skill and would later become an accomplished background artist for Disney Studios. Some of the more prominent films that showcased his work were Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Tarzan, as well as many others. Thomas had many passions along side his love for art which included playing guitar in a Bluegrass band, building lifelike minature trains, and taking care of the loving family he had created. Thomas married Lauren Cravey in 1978, and went on to have three beautiful daughters, Melissa, Jessica and Samantha. In 2003, Thomas and Lauren finally got to retire in their dream town of Oakhurst, California. Every year, they would travel up to Yosemite for their anniversary and so when it came time for retirement, Thomas knew just the place. His last years up in Oakhurst were some of his best and he constantly chided himself for not moving sooner. He found he had more time to enjoy the little things like bird watching in his back yard and rough housing with the many lovible dogs in his life, as well as just spending one on one time with his devoted wife. His favorite saying was "If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains, then you are lucky enough". Thomas is survived by his wife, Lauren Woodington and three daughters Melissa Woodington/Zamarano, Jessica Woodington and Samantha Woodington/Chu, as well as his brother Timothy Woodington and his mother Beatrice Woodington. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Mutt Hutt Dog Grooming in Oakhurst, which he helped establish with his wife, or to the American Diabetic Association, which he stood faithfully behind in hope for a future cure.
 
Link to the Sierra Star, which published his obituary.
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Melissa Woodington 
Organizer
Whittier, CA
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