Geraldine Marie Woodhead

Geraldine Marie Woodhead

January 19, 1930 - March 06, 2019
Santa Ana CA

Geraldine Marie Woodhead

January 19, 1930 - March 06, 2019
Santa Ana CA


Loving Mother,  Grandmother and Friend!

Geraldine (Geri) Marie Arnold Woodhead, age 89, of Santa Ana, CA has joined the Lord after her long courageous battle with bladder cancer.

Geraldine was born to Ethel and Lyman Arnold in Auburn, ME on Jan 19, 1930.  She was the youngest of five children, Donald, Lloyd, Ruth and Joyce.  She attended Edward Little High School where she was a cheerleader and loved by all.  She would later meet and marry Robert Anthony Woodhead.  They had four children:  Joye, Robert, David and Lisa.  Robert’s career took them to Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, California and New Jersey.  She was a  wonderful housewife and mother, and also spent some time working in the retail industry and made some wonderful friendships there.

Geri enjoyed a good mystery and loved to read.  Agatha Christie was her all time favorite.  She also had a keen interest in sports and politics.  One of her favorite memories was attending the Los Angeles Laker game against the Toronto Raptors when Kobe Bryant scored 81 points on January 22, 2006.  Kobe was her all time favorite.  She also loved attending her sons’ and grandchildren’s baseball and basketball games.  She was a true sports fan!

Being raised in Maine, Geri had a love for the coast.  While Geri and Robert were raising their children, they would spend summers on the Maine coast, camping and digging for clams.  The coast was a big part of their life.  Her favorite meals were lobster and fried clams.  When she settled in California, Dana Point became a special place in her heart, as it reminded her of her Maine roots.

Geri was blessed with four children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Her grandchildren refer to her as “Nana”.

Joye Russo of Yorba Linda, California
Robert Woodhead of Channahon, Ill
David Woodhead of Roswell, GA
Lisa St Claire of Boise, Idaho

Jennifer Russo
John Russo
Jamie Guzman
Chad Woodhead
Becky Lindskog
Jill Woodhead
Sean Senffner
Cory St. Claire

Great Grandchildren:
Mateo Guzman

Her family will be celebrating her life at a future date in Dana Point, CA .  Geri will be deeply missed by all.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, her family is asking for donations to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.  To donate please visit their website at:


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6 responses to Geraldine Marie Woodhead

  1. Joye , your beautiful mother was such a blessed woman to have the beauty of family with her always. Her medical limitations didn’t dampen her strong personality . It gave her more strength to survive 89 years of life. We are praying for your families strength during this time and pray that her favorite stories , experiences , and moments in life that made her the happiest are retold for many years to come. It’s those memories she would want remembered,

  2. She was the best mother, grandmother and friend anyone could have! We will all miss her very much. You taught us all how so much and we will take that into the rest of our years, until we meet with her again someday!

    We look forward to reading all of the memories that everyone will share here!

  3. Condolences Lisa St Claire and family. I pray you are comforted with the memories of your beautiful mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Deena Vachon says:

    To. Joye,Bob,David,&Lisa my heart and prayers go out to you and your families during this time of sorrow. I loved my Aunt Geri so much. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together, from the time she babysat me for her sister, Ruth, to the times we spent traveling to Maine, California, &Idaho. So many wonderful memories that I will treasure. I will miss you Geri.

  5. Condolences to the entire Woodhead family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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