December 23, 2015
October 4, 1926 - December 23, 2015
Emmajean Mae Wooldridge of Oskaloosa, Iowa, age 89, died Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at the Pella Comfort House in Pella, Iowa. She was born to James Barney and Ethel Harris Phelps on October 4, 1926, in Shell Rock, Iowa.
Emmajean married Ralph Wooldridge on May 22, 1944, in Waverly, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 19, 2005, just three days short of a 61 year marriage. Emmajean and Ralph raised their family of four children, Donna, James, Diane, and Steven, in Waterloo, Iowa.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children James Wooldridge of Colorado, Diane Wooldridge of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Steven (Sharon) Wooldridge of Pella, her grandchildren: Bethany (Jon) Van Waardhuizen of Sarasota, Florida, Joshua Wooldridge of Pella, Nathaniel Wooldridge of Pella; and one great granddaughter Aria Mae Van Waardhuizen. Emmajean is also survived by a sister Betty (Curt) Betsinger of Waverly, Iowa; sister-in-law Mickey Phelps Pierce of Waverly, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
Emmajean was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Donna Lee Wooldridge in 2001, brothers: Duane Phelps at birth, Gary Phelps, Wayne (Mickey) Phelps, Guy (Rose) Phelps, sisters: Maria (Elmer) Renn, and Margaret (Bud) Blackstock Stewart.
The family will cherish many fine memories they have shared together.