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Jeanette Esther Woodling, a woman who lived life to its fullest and lovingly remembered as Moosie, went peacefully home to be with the Lord Tuesday January 31, 2023. She was 100 years young.
Moosie was born October 31, 1922 in Akron, OH, the first born daughter of Raymond G. and Esther Woodling.
She was a 1940 graduate of Ellet High School, worked briefly with the Goodrich Tire Company and attended the Hammel Business School. In 1944 she was hired at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, OH as a comptometer in the Accounts Payable Department. She worked there almost five and a half years until she was abruptly laid off.
Wanting to quickly find employment elsewhere, her father suggested flipping through his National Geographic magazines. The last few pages piqued her interest where national parks and summer resorts placed ads seeking to hire seasonal staff to work summer jobs.
During the winter of 1949, Moosie wrote 58 letters to the parks and resorts that interested her the most. Out of all the application letters only one returned with a job offer. She would be working in the cafe at Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park starting in May 1950. She immediately accepted the position, thus starting her love and adventure of everything the West had to offer.
Moosie would go on to work jobs in around Teton and the Jackson, WY area with her longest stint as a housekeeper for 11 years for Harold (Skipper) Mapes who owned Snug Harbor in the town of Moose. While working at Snug Harbor she learned to ski (cross country and downhill) as well as snowshoe. She loved to hike every chance she got, toting her 35mm film camera capturing images of the Tetons, flowers and wildlife everywhere she went.
She also loved to travel throughout the US and abroad and never met a stranger. She would befriend anyone who took the time to "chew the rag" a bit with her and would walk away with their address and the promise to stay in touch.
Moosie was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jim Woodling.
She is survived by her sister, Joanne (Woodling) Brickman of Sylvania, OH and her sister-in-law, Patricia Woodling of Munroe Falls, OH survive along with nieces and nephews; Suzanne Woodling of Dallas, TX, Mike (Ingrid) Woodling of Munroe Falls, OH, Dr. Kris (Beth) Brickman of Sylvania, OH, Kathy (Jim) Freyman of Peoria, IL and Kevin (Anita) Brickman of Oakboro, NC.
Moosie also leaves behind many valued friends in the Jackson, WY and surrounding areas .
A celebration of life will be held Saturday June 17 at 12:30 pm. The family will receive friends from 11-12:15 Prior to the service at the First Baptist Church 90 W. Kelly Ave.
As per Moosie’s wishes, she will be buried beside her mother and father in Akron, Ohio
There will be a graveside service on Saturday June 24 at 12:00 noon at North Springfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery 671 Canton Rd. Akron, OH 44312. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the First Baptist Church, Senior Center of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Chorale or Sage Living Center of Jackson.
Saturday, June 17, 2023
11:00am - 12:15pm
Saturday, June 17, 2023
12:30 - 1:30pm
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