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.