Patsy Ann Woodside

Patsy Ann Woodside was born June 5, 1953 in Cozad, Nebraska to Harlan and Elizabeth (Statz) Woodside. She departed this life on September 7, 2023 at her home in Omaha, NE. 

Patsy was born and raised in Cozad, Nebraska. She was baptized and later confirmed at Evangelical United Brethren Church (became Parkview United Methodist) in Cozad. During her years growing up, Patsy was involved with the church in various capacities including Missions Committee, Youth group, and her senior year was president of the Church youth group. Patsy graduated from Cozad High School in 1971. 

Patsy furthered her education and continued her love for the Huskers by attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earning a bachelor of science in Education in 1975. While attending UNL, Patsy was a member of the Tassels organization and even afforded her the opportunity to be on the front cover of a game day program with Tom Osborne. After college, Patsy began her teaching career at Scotland Independent School District (South Dakota) teaching government and remedial English while enjoying being the sponsor for the class play, was the musical director and cheerleader sponsor. Patsy would then move back to Nebraska in 1977 and continue her teaching career at O’Neill Public Schools teaching English, World History, Journalism, as well as cheerleading sponsor and advisor for the yearbook and school newspaper. In 1988, Patsy moved to Omaha and taught English until her retirement in 2010. Patsy loved to attend athletic events and would be a familiar face at many Omaha Northwest activities as a ticket seller. Also while at OPS, Patsy was involved with the courtesy committee, Adopt-a-School Committee, state writing assessment rater, and helped with the minority journalism program. Patsy’s love of her work with students and staff in the Omaha metro school districts led her back to working as a substitute after her retirement. 

Through the ups and downs, Patsy was an avid Husker football fan and did not miss a home Husker football game in Memorial Stadium. It wasn’t uncommon for Patsy to support athletics in many settings and venues. She also very much loved attending athletic events of her nieces and nephews through the years as well as supporting many of her students in their activities. 

Patsy was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE for 39 years. She was strong in her faith and oftentimes would leave another event or come back early from a trip to be sure she was back in time for the 11:05 am Sunday Church service. During her time at St. Paul’s, Patsy was involved with the Communication Committee, Lay Member to Annual Conference, the Adult Council, Chair of the Church Council, and liturgist. Patsy always felt that her church friends were many of her lifelong friends and she talked about how grateful she was for those relationships she had over the years and experiences afforded to her through her membership at St Paul’s. 

Patsy was a caretaker and enjoyed her time she had taking care of her mother Elizabeth. She also very much enjoyed her title as Aunt and loved all of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She supported them in all of their activities throughout their childhood and into college. She enjoyed having the title as great aunt and loved to pick out gifts for them to help celebrate birthdays and Christmas.

Patsy loved to take pictures of nature and shared her hobby by postings on social media or through pic collage creations. Lauritzen Gardens, Durham Museum, and the Arbor Lodge were some of her favorite places to visit and to photograph. She also enjoyed scrapbooking and creating home made greeting cards with her printed pictures she took.

Patsy was preceded in death by her father, Harlan Woodside; also her grandparents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth Woodside; siblings John (Lisa) Woodside of Salem, South Carolina, Steven (Joni) Woodside of Columbus, Nebraska, and Susan (Clay Stonestreet) Woodside of Cozad, NE; nephews and nieces Darren (Jennifer) Woodside, Matthew Pella, Chelsey (Brandon) Jacobitz, Dustin (Sarah) Woodside, Zachary Pella, Renae Pella, and Christina Woodside; Great-nephews and great-nieces Grayson and Harlyn Pella, Hope and Hannah Woodside, Conrad and Reese Woodside, several cousins and friends. 

Memorial Service: Saturday, September 16th, 1PM at St. Paul United Methodist Church (5410 Corby Street-Benson) 

Memorials can be designated to St. Paul United Methodist Church.


  • Diane Mosher Posted September 13, 2023 4:39 pm

    So enjoyed teaching with Patsy. So very sorry. Prayers.

  • Jim Wenburg Posted September 13, 2023 6:04 pm

    Thinking of you all during this stage in Life. So many good memories back at our Cozad Church. May you rest in peace Pasty. Respectfully, Jim Wenburg

  • Kathy Williams Posted September 14, 2023 6:43 am

    Will miss you, Patsy!?

  • Donna Ann Arrowsmith Posted September 14, 2023 6:59 am

    I always loved working with Patsy at Northwest games.

  • Jon Kloepping Posted September 14, 2023 7:48 am

    Patsy was a sweet person and will be forever missed.

  • Cindy Brunken Posted September 14, 2023 8:33 am

    My heart is broken seeing this. Thoughts, hugs, and prayers going out to Patsy’s family and friends. She will be remembered as a warm, caring woman.

  • Cindy Schneider Posted September 14, 2023 9:37 am

    Randy and I offer our deepest sympathy to the family during this grieving time.

  • Mary (Rhone) White Posted September 14, 2023 3:38 pm

    My thoughts have been with Patsy and her family this week. Please accept my deepest condolences. I’m so glad we had reconnected recently.

  • Tamika Steward Posted September 15, 2023 6:31 am

    My Sincere Condolences to the Woodside Family during this time. She was an awesome teacher while I attended Northwest High School, took two of her classes. She will be missed.

  • Gary Wilcher Posted September 15, 2023 4:51 pm

    Elizabeth and family…. Saddened to hear of Patsy’s passing. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Joseph vigil Posted September 15, 2023 6:27 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I had the privilege to have her as my English teacher and had the privilege working with her when she subbed at Hartman elementary School, she will be missed.

  • Bridget king Posted September 15, 2023 7:43 pm

    I had the honor to be Patsy’s hairstylist for 23 years She was such a great person.she was the best listener and was always there for me when i needed it the most. I am still so shocked. My heart is broken patsy fly high with the Angels

  • Colene Dworshak Posted September 16, 2023 6:30 am

    My condolences to the Woodside family. I had the pleasure of working with Patsy at Northwest High School. She was dedicated to the students and wanted only the best for them. You will be missed Patsy. Hugs to the Woodside family

  • Melinda Hattan Posted September 16, 2023 12:08 pm

    So sorry for the tragic loss of Patsy. Prayers of healing for your family.

  • LaTina Rencher Posted September 16, 2023 11:25 pm

    My sincerest condolences to the family and many friends and loved ones of Miss Woodside. I had Miss Woodside for freshman year English at Omaha Northwest. God saw fit that we’d cross paths 24 years later at an Omaha Northwest football game and we remained in constant connect sharing pictures and life’s happenings for the past 2 years. She even shared pics from her mother’s birthday. I am just now learning of her passing and am sadden that I could not come to pay my respects to her today. She greatly and positively impacted so many of us and it was an honor to be one of her many students. I will miss our check-ins and conversations, but I am grateful that you are free from all physical battles and taking your well-deserved rest. Thank you for the memories and sharing your life and passions with us, Miss Woodside. You will truly be missed.

    LaTina Rencher
    Omaha Northwest
    Class of 2000

  • Richard J Cupich Posted September 19, 2023 9:23 am

    Just saw this. Requiescat amica nostra cara dulcisque in pace et cum Domino nostro. (May our dear and sweet friend rest in peace and with our Lord.

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