Lil Woolley passed away at home at the age of 87 on July 21, 2021
She was born on December 17, 1933 at home on the family farm outside of Spirit River, Alberta, Canada, to William and Eunice Jacobs. The baby of the family, Lil joined seven brothers and sisters, Pete John, Dan, Mary, Pearl, Ann, and Doris. She grew up on the farm in a house with a dirt floor. Many stories were told about bears in the front yard, riding horses to the river to get fresh water, where there were more bears, baby chicks being kept in the kitchen and baby turkeys being “put to sleep” by a visiting cousin. She rode to school six miles away in a horse-drawn wagon with heated rocks at her feet, while holding a hot potato in her hands to keep warm in the very cold winter weather. Sixty below at times!
Lil left the farm at the age of 16 to live with her sister Pearl in Seattle Washington, as Pearl didn’t want Lil to end up living on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Canada. Pearl lived next door to the Woolley family. This is how she met her husband Walt. He asked her to a dance, she loved to dance, so of course she said yes. She and Walt were married on May 19, 1951 in Seattle. After Walt finished college, they moved to Goldendale in 1956 where they lived for 49 years in the house that Walt and his father built. They then moved to Yakima for 17 years, and in 2013 again moved to Goldendale and bought back their same house.
Lil’s working career included waitressing at Sorrentinos in Seattle, Red’s Cafe in Ellensburg and the Oasis Cafe in Goldendale. Over the years she coordinated many wedding receptions held at the Oasis. She then worked at National Bank of Commerce, which became Rainier Bank. Her last few years of work in Goldendale were at the title company. The job she absolutely loved was for Macy’s in Yakima in their Christmas Store. She could show off all the pretty ornaments and visit with the customers all day long. Besides watching her grandchildren in all of their activities, her next favorite things to do for 60 years was play bridge as often as possible and make trips to Reno and Legends Casino to play the penny slots.
She is survived by her five children, Deb, Sue, Janice, Scott and Tom. Lil has four grandchildren Amy, Ryan, Eric, and Jesse; eleven great-grandchildren; Taylor, Leah, Chloe, Aly, Paige, Avery, Olivia, Kyle, Natalie, Steven, and Nash; and two great-great grandchildren, Paisley and Hunter. She is also survived by her picky little chihuahua, Daisy, who will only eat her dog food if it has fresh baked, chopped chicken breast included.
Lil was predeceased by her husband Walt, her infant son David and her siblings and parents.
Lil was a very outgoing, likeable lady. She would talk to anybody, anytime, anywhere and made many friends because of it. She was very proud of her Ukrainian/Canadian heritage and spoke fluent Ukrainian. Family was most important to her, so, many trips were were made across the border for summer vacations. She will be extremely missed by her family and many many friends.
There will be a memorial on Saturday, August 7 at the American Legion in Goldendale from 1 to 3 p.m. Catered lunch will be served.
Burial service will be on Saturday August 28, at 11 a.m. at the Cle Elum cemetery, followed by a catered lunch at Sunset Cafe at noon.
Thank you to so many of Lil’s friends and family for the wonderful messages of encouragement. A special message of thanks to the staff at Klickitat Valley Hospital and Dr. Bothemly’s office, especially Kristi, for such wonderful care. You are all very much appreciated.
While flowers are always welcome, if you wish to make a donation in Lil’s name, please send it to North Star Lodge in Yakima or the Yakima Humane Society from where she adopted Daisy.