Patricia Ann Woods Edwards was born, January 29, 1940, in Vinton, Virginia to the late, Garfield Lewis Woods and Florence Preston Woods. On September 3, 2021, at the age of 81, Pat departed this earthly life at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Trisha, as she was affectionally known, was baptized and attended the Reed Street Baptist Church where she enjoyed Sunday School and Ushering. After losing her mother, Florence, at the tender age of twelve, she and her brother, James (preceded her in death in 2001), went to live with their grandparents, Robert and Beulah “Ninnie” Woods.
She began her elementary education in Vinton Public Schools and ended her secondary education in Roanoke, Virginia where she graduated from Lucy Addison High School. After high school, Pat and several girlfriends ventured to Washington, D.C. to pursue their careers. She worked at several Government agencies including the United States Post Office working for the Postmaster General and the Labor Department. She continued her education at a business school and completed some college courses. God blessed her with great success throughout her career.
While working at the Labor Department, Pat met and began dating the love of her life, Alvin H. "Al" Edwards. Al and Pat were united in Holy Matrimony, traveled the world, and shared a union for forty-eight years.
After vacationing in Williamsburg, Virginia for several years, Al and Pat decided to relocate and retire there. Pat visited Kingdom Life Christian Church in 2005 after accepting an invitation from her neighbor Pastor Wells. After attending, Patricia joined the ministry and remained a faithful partner. She was lovingly known as “Mother Pat”. She served as an Elder until her husband became ill and was the Ministry Head for the Senior Adult Ministry until COVID-19 prevented face-to-face meetings.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories a devoted goddaughter, Patrina Walker of Williamsburg, Va. and godson, Tyrone Henderson of Raleigh, NC; best friend, Fatina Franklin (Lee) of Bowie, Maryland; special friend, LaCanas James; niece, Sydnee Nicole Woods; loving cousins, Lougenia "Genie" Williams of Alexandria Va., Celeste Collins (Gary) of South Riding, VA, Lawrence "Cavan" Baxter of Atlanta, Georgia, Carolyn Warren (Keith) of Overland Park, Kansas, and Robert Woods (Rhonda) of Dumfries, Va.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021, at Kingdom Life Christian Church. Facial coverings are required at the service. Livestream will be available at the beginning of the service.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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