In Memory

Barbara Grim (Woodroffe)

Barbara Grim (Woodroffe)

Barbara Delight Woodroffe



Woodroffe, Barbara Delight Grim
Barbara Delight Grim Woodroffe, 69, of Tempe, AZ passed away May 19, 2013 after courageously battling ovarian cancer. She was a beloved Wife, Mother, Grammy, and Friend. She was born November 13, 1943 in Pensacola, Florida to John and Delight Grim. At age 3, her family moved to Phoenix and later to Tempe, where she grew up and graduated from Tempe High in 1961. Barb was a Gamma Phi Beta at ASU, graduating in 1965. In June of the same year, she married the love of her life, Bill. Shortly thereafter, they moved to California, where she taught school for two years. Her son John was born in 1967 and daughter Kristi in 1969. A few years after starting their family, they moved back to Tempe. Barb later studied dental hygiene and practiced for 10 years. After retiring, Barb worked with her son in his deli, then at a boutique in Tempe, where she met many lifelong friends. In the last several years, she had volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Assistance League, and was active in the Arizona State Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood. Her husband Bill; son, John; daughter, Kristi; daughter-in-law, Sheila; son-in-law, Richard Pickerel; and four grandsons, Tyler, Nick, Christian, and Aiden, survive her. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday May 24, 2013 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E. Southern Ave, Tempe AZ 85282. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Barbara to Hospice of the Valley , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014; PEO Scholarship Fund in c/o Linda Ruitenberg, 719 E Balboa Dr., Tempe AZ 85282; or National Ovarian Cancer Coalition,, under "Team Pickwood and Friends".

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 22, 2013

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05/23/13 05:29 PM #1    

Susan Coulson (Condon)

Barbara I didn’t even know if you’d turned 70 yet.  Obviously, we hadn't stayed in constant touch and there are many things I didn’t know, but you were a part of my life and we were good friends in high school.  Who else could I have commiserated with over our pom-pom career our senior year? 

I was feeling blue over turning 70 and I get word from Brenda the awful turn your illness has taken.   Then the dreaded conclusion of that news from Dan that Cancer had taken you from your beautiful family.  You looked so great in the picture at the coffee reunion; I was sure I’d be seeing you again and enjoying your dry sense of humor.  I feel so sad for your family.   I know that their memories of you will be of comfort at such a heartbreaking time.


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