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Nita Diane Woodruff

May 30, 1952 - April 17, 2020

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Nita Diane Woodruff (nee Huston) of Lynchburg, VA, and formerly of Plattsburgh, NY, passed away April 17, 2020. She was the daughter of James A. and Florence Webb Huston. She is survived by her husband, Jeff Woodruff; a daughter, Elizabeth Huston Ultee; her stepmother, Anne Marshall Huston; a stepsister, Elizabeth Exum; her sister-in-law, Dianna Henry Huston; two nephews, Paul and Scott Huston; three nieces, Stephanie Lim, Shannon Rouse, and Colleen Dong. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, James Webb Huston; her stepbrother, William Elliott Bippus Jr.; and her aunt, Lois Ann Huston.

She was born in Fort Belvoir, Va., May 30, 1952, and grew up in West Lafayette, Ind. She studied keyboard music at Indiana University but transferred to Lynchburg College when her father became Dean of the College. She graduated in 1974 with a B.S. in biology and B.A. in French. She then moved to Belgium, where she contributed to a weekly French-language newsletter on economic activity in Eastern Europe. In 1981, Nita enrolled in the University of Virginia law school, receiving her Jurisprudence degree in 1984. After several years practicing law, she decided on a change of career and completed an M.Ed. at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1994, whereafter she taught high school science and French.

Nita’s family will cherish memories of her kind heart, brilliant mind, wide-ranging interests, and quirky sense of humor.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions, please consider the James A. Huston Fund at Lynchburg College.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is in charge of the arrangements.



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