In Memory

Phyllis McGee (Woodring)

Phyllis McGee (Woodring)

Just wanted to let you know that the Zoom memorial service for Phyllis McGee Woodring will be on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.  The link is


Phyllis McGee Woodring of Falls Church, VA passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2020 at 78 years of age. She was preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Johnsie Blackwelder McGee of Concord NC. After graduating from Concord (NC) High School in 1960, she married R. Douglas Woodring and they lived in Charlotte, NC for some time before moving to Sumter, SC, Charleston SC and eventually settling in Lincolnton NC. After their children became school-aged, Phyllis attended UNC Charlotte, graduating with a BS in biology. While attending graduate school at UNCC, professors and classmates urged her to consider medical school. After a school field trip to UNC Chapel Hill, she decided perhaps they were right. After completing medical school and residency in anesthesiology at UNC, she enjoyed a 20+ year career in medicine.

After retirement, Phyllis continued an active lifestyle by volunteering at the George Mason Regional Library of Fairfax County, was integrally involved with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, and started an investment club where she held a number of officer positions (preferring treasurer). She identified herself as a political activist and backed it up admirably with numbers of marches in DC. She joined a movie group, book club and adored attending music concerts and theatrical performances. But perhaps her favorite pastime was playing bridge. There were not enough days in the week to play bridge. Or eat cookies.


Phyllis is survived by her children Victor Woodring of Aliquippa, PA and Jill Woodring Caldwell of Wilmington NC, and her two grandchildren Luke Caldwell of Austin, TX and Kenan Caldwell of Wilmington NC. She also is survived by three siblings, Alice McGee Clement (Phillip) of China Grove, NC, Jackie McGee (John Klintworth) of Charleston SC, and David McGee (Kimberly) of Cleveland OH. Donations in her memory may be made to George Mason Library Friends, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale VA 22003,  WETA Public Television, 3939 Campbell Ave. Arlington VA 22206, or WAMU Public Radio, 4401 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington DC 20008 or online. 


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07/16/20 02:04 PM #1    

Jenny Lynn Schneider (Bern)

She was an inspiration to me in school. Such a sweet and fun person.  I'll miss her. 


07/16/20 08:30 PM #2    

Dan Rockett


"Morgens um Siebens"

May our memories cary forward the sharing of precious moments with our classmates.

Andre Rieu


07/17/20 11:02 AM #3    

Chip Brunnemer

I didn't know Phyllis in high school. My loss. Got to know her at reunions and also connected with her through social media. She was such a wonderful and accomplished lady. I will miss her.

07/19/20 11:43 PM #4    

Gayle Gordon (Petrey)

Phyllis and I have been friends since elementary school at Armstrong.  Once we sang a duet at a talent show, "Sisters...there were never such devoted sisters."  I'm sure we were horrible but we thought we were great.  She always remembered my birthday.  Sometimes I remembered hers.  We grew up on Laurel Lane before it was even paved.  When we were out after dark and saw car lights, we laid down in the ditch thinking no one would see us.  We went to the swimming hole we called Slick Rock.  That was before the days of Lineberger Park.  She didn't get to graduate with class of '60 because her family moved away but her heart was always with what would have been her graduating class. She, like me, was the firstborn of four siblings.  Her sister,  Alice McGee Clement, came to at least one past reunion and some of you may have met her. 

Though my heart is shattered especially for her two children, Vic and Jill, and her siblings, she embraced the inevitable on her terms with dignity and grace.  When I grow up I want to be like her.  When St. Peter welcomed her, he said they had the perfect job for her...Professor of Molecular Biology   of some such thing I cannot even pronounce and I'm going to be a concert pianist.  She's finally going to teach me how to be vegetarian.  Not only that, both of us are going to wear lycra to the gym and we're gonna look gooood!!!!  

Miss you like the dickens, Phyl.  

11/19/20 03:28 PM #5    

Scotty Wise (Price)

I didn't know Phyllis in high school but enjoyed corresponding with her later when she lived in DC. Very admirable that she attended college late in life and went so far in her career. Very sad to lose these classmates.

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