Carol Ann Woodruff Thomas, 85, a devoted mother and wife, dedicated volunteer and friend to so many, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 21, 2022 in Dover, Idaho, with her children by her side, after a brief illness.
Private family offices were held.
Carol has served the Philanthropic Education Organization raising funds and supporting scholarships and grants for aspiring young women for over 50 years, and locally in Sandpoint, Idaho she has been active in the Community Assistance League , strengthening the community through education, service and philanthropy.
Still a carpenter, Carol raised money for the Panida Theater in Sandpoint and served on its board and was a member of the Cocolalla Cowboy Church. We could always count on her for a helping hand, a burst of energy and creative ideas for good causes. Carol and her husband Barry migrated from Southern California to the mountains of Idaho 20 years ago.
Carol was known for her skill and enthusiasm for all games of skill and chance. She was a master bridge player, a skilled mahjong player and a relentless Mexican train player, a winner at Yahtzee, a bettor on horses, at the tables and even a consistent winner with scratch tickets. Tennis was his game in his youth.
She dabbled in real estate, painting, crafts and held the fort while her husband Barry was away on film shoots as a sound mixer throughout his career. She said that “luck smiles on adventurers”, and she was all of that.
Friends have played a major role in his life since childhood. Many of these friendships have lasted to this day. In and around Sandpoint, she built a close group of friends who supported each other, volunteered, improved the community, and played countless games of bridge and mahjong.
Carol Ann Woodruff Thomas was born on May 14, 1936, in Burbank, California, to Ray and Maude Woodruff, Arkansas transplants who built a successful clothing business in North Hollywood, California. She attended North Hollywood High School and met her husband Barry at Valley Junior College, marrying in 1956. Barry predeceased her, as did her parents and sister Dolores.
She is survived by her daughters and son, Cathy (Bill) Holl of Scottsdale, Arizona, Jennifer (Tony) Klemmer of Newport, Rhode Island, and Dean Thomas of Spokane Washington; his sister, Nancy Maxwell of Indio, California; eight grandchildren, Lt. Col. Mike Holl (Carolyn), Lindsay Holl Gillon (Dan), Jack Klemmer (Leia), Charlie Klemmer (Eleni), Ray Klemmer and Dan Klemmer, Ivy Pulis (Grayson) and Olivia Thomas; and a great-grandson, Hunter Thomas Holl.
She will forever be remembered for her wit, sense of humor, easy laugh, playfulness and ability to get up and go.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Panida Theatre, Sandpoint, ID (panida.org/support) or PEO (peointernational.org/contributions-peo-foundation).
Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is taking care of the arrangements. Please visit Carol’s online memorial at www.lakeviewfuneral.com and sign her guestbook.