Isabel Woodward, 90

Nursing assistant

October 02, 2007

Isabel Woodward, a retired nursing assistant and world traveler, died in her sleep Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former longtime Catonsville resident was 90.

Isabel Cabezali was born, raised and educated in Blanca, Argentina. She was married in 1937 to Cyril Woodward, a mechanical engineer. In 1954, the couple fled the Argentinian dictatorship of Juan Peron and settled in Catonsville.

Mrs. Woodward settled into the life of a homemaker and, during the 1960s, began volunteering in the nursery unit at St. Agnes Hospital.

After the death of her husband in 1970, Mrs. Woodward was hired full time by the hospital, where she worked until retiring in 1991.

"Her caregiving ways with her newborns were a gift, and co-workers would always praise her special touch," said a daughter, Sonia M. Carter of Winston-Salem, N.C. "She also had an incredible work ethic and was always a loyal, supportive and wise team player."

Her daughter described her as "elegant in her simplicity - a lady through and through."

Mrs. Woodward enjoyed visiting Argentina and traveled to Spain, Madagascar, Ecuador, Benin, India and Guyana.

In her younger days, she enjoyed tap dancing, and was a fan of Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movies, her daughter said. She also liked playing canasta.

She lived in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., for seven years until moving to Keswick Multi-Care Center.

Mrs. Woodward attended St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church and St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, both in Catonsville.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday at Stella Maris Hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Also surviving is another daughter, Alicia V. Mandato of Timonium; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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