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Merry Dean Patterson Woodard

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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Merry Dean Patterson Woodard, 93, of Arcadia, LA went to be with her Heavenly Father on June 29, 2020, in Arcadia, LA. She was born Dec. 26, 1926, in Ruston, LA, to the late Edna Maxwell and Albert Patterson.

Left behind to honor her memory are her children: Emmett Woodard (Peggy) of Arcadia, LA, Ann Windsor of Ruston, LA, Dell Nichols (Bob) of Pineville, LA, and Robert Woodard (Edie) of Arcadia, LA; nine grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, James K. Patterson (Lou) of Santa Fe, TX, and her sister Marguerite Branstetter, of Show Low, AZ.

Merry was loved by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Merry Dean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, M.A. Woodard (Snooks), three sisters, two brothers, son-in-law, and great grandson.

Merry Dean lived most of her adult life in Arcadia, LA. She retired in 1987 as Vice President of Northwest Louisiana PCA in Arcadia after working 37 years with different responsibilities. Earlier she had worked for several attorneys in Ruston and Houston. Merry was a very loving and caring person to all her family and friends. She loved to gather for holidays and any occasion she could get everyone together.

Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. on Thursday July 2, 2020 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. A celebration of Merry’s life will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020. The ministers will be two of Alabama Baptist Church’s former pastors: the Rev. Roy Southern and the Rev. Taff Watts. Interment will be held at Alabama Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Willow Ridge Nursing and Rehab, Premier Hospice, all who helped care for Mother, and those who prayed for her and the family during these last few months.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial for Mrs. Woodard should contract Alabama Baptist Church or Alabama Cemetery at 16061 Hwy 151, Arcadia, LA 71001, or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at