Nancy Randolph Woodyard

Steve Spahrsspahr@examiner-enterprise.com

Nancy Randolph Woodyard went to be with Jesus in Heaven on Friday, July 30, 2016. She was 77. Nancy was a lifelong resident of Pawhuska except for 20 years when she was still a resident in her heart.

Nancy was born to Randolph and Mildred Grinstead on January 10, 1939, in the old Pawhuska Hospital which was situated on the present day Pawhuska Public Library. When she was born, she became the younger sister of Carol. The family lived on Revard just across the street from the hospital, and later moved west one block to their longtime family home at 18th and Prudom.

Nancy was a 1957 graduate of Pawhuska High School, and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1961. While at OSU, Nancy was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She began her teaching career at Henry Elementary School in the renowned Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri, after receiving her master’s degree in education from Webster College. She later followed her heart back to Pawhuska in 1978, and began teaching fourth grade in the Pawhuska schools. She became the reading specialist for the elementary school, and ultimately became elementary school principal. She was later hired by Superintendent Jim Wilson to serve as Assistant Superintendent. While serving as Assistant Superintendent, she resumed her academic career and received a Doctorate in Education from OSU. When Superintendent Wilson retired, Nancy became the first woman to serve the Pawhuska Public Schools as Superintendent. Nancy retired as Superintendent in 2000.

In 1988, the high school carpentry class did not have a project to train the students in their vocation, so Nancy engaged the class to construct a classic farmhouse on property she owned just north of town. The resulting home was launched as a bed and breakfast with her sister Carol in June 1990. The Inn at Woodyard Farms operated as a bed and breakfast until 2012.

Nancy was not an idle person, and soon upon her retirement from Pawhuska Schools, she became the Executive Director of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce. Always thinking about her beloved hometown, she purchased Monger Brothers Auto Parts from Odell and Eileen Monger in 2003. She operated Monger Brothers until she sold the business in July, 2016. Nancy was also a cattle rancher, raising longhorn cross stock, and was still engaged in that venture at the time of her death.

Nancy loved Pawhuska, and it was her mission in life to help Pawhuska thrive. Nancy served as a member, officer or board member for numerous, if not all, committees, boards, councils, societies, foundations and civic organizations in Pawhuska, including but not limited to the following: established the Pawhuska Public School Foundation; Philanthropic Educators Organization (PEO); Kiwanis, including being the first Female President; Pawhuska Hospital Board; Osage County Historical Museum Board; PHS Honor Banquet Committee; Retired Educator’s Association; Osage County Cattleman’s Association; Preserve Pawhuska; Main Street Pawhuska; Pawhuska Literacy Council; H.E.L.P. Workshop Board; Oklahoma Rural Schools Board of Directors: Osage County Reading Board; Funding Formula Task Force for the State of Oklahoma; Blacksmith Shop; served on the French Delegation to Pawhuska’s Sister City of Montalbon, France, and was a member and served on the vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Pawhuska.

Nancy was preceded in death by her grandparents E. E. and Minnie Baker Grinstead. E. E. Grinstead was a local banker, establishing what later became known as Osage Federal Savings and Loan, and which currently exists as American Heritage Bank. E. E. was also longtime counsel to the Osage Indian Tribe and prominent lawyer. E. E. and Minnie were also church planters, being founding members of the First Christian Church in Pawhuska.

Nancy was also preceded in death by her parents, Randolph and Mildred Grinstead. Randolph was born and raised in Pawhuska, and served in the military during World War II. Randolph later received a Presidential Appointment by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 to serve as Postmaster in Pawhuska. Mrs. Grinstead was widely known by virtually every student that passed through Pawhuska Public Schools, serving for many years as the high school English teacher.

Nancy was also preceded in death by her son, Jay David Wagnon and by her longtime friend, Dick Surber.

Nancy is survived by her sister, Carol Maupin of Pawhuska; her son Jeff and his wife Libby, of College Station, Texas, and her daughter in law, Jackie Wagnon of Sand Springs. Nancy also leaves two step-daughters, Chantal Woodyard and Michelle Flaherty and her husband Brian.

Nancy was blessed to have many grandchildren and great grandchildren, including Kate Tackett and her husband Caleb, and their son Tuff; Buffy Baker and her husband Blake, and their son Benji; Gigi Wagnon; Margeaux Krszjzaniek and her husband Ryan; Cody Wagnon and his wife Brittany, and their daughter Austin Fern; Chloe Woodyard and her daughter, Annabelle; and Claire Parks.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 11:00 am at the First Christian Church, 9th and Prudom in Pawhuska. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pawhuska Public School Foundation, 1801 McKenzie, Pawhuska, OK 74056.

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home – Pawhuska.