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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Austin American-Statesman (TX) - August 24, 2007 Deceased Name: April Poage Woolsey Our beloved mother, wife, grandmother and friend, April passed into God s
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      Austin American-Statesman (TX) - August 24, 2007

      Deceased Name: April Poage Woolsey

      Our beloved mother, wife, grandmother and friend, April passed into God's loving arms in the early evening of August 22 at her Austin home with family at her side.

      April was born August 30, 1932 in Louisville, Kentucky, the only and cherished child of Conger and Ellen Poage. She moved to Austin shortly thereafter and was raised in one of the first homes in Tarry Town on Indian Trail. April graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1951 then attended Mt. Vernon College in Washington DC where she received a degree in Early Childhood Education in 1953. April loved children, and her love and skill with them was demonstrated time and again in the time she spent teaching preschool before she married, and then throughout her life as she raised her daughters and her grandchildren. April made each day special and truly earned her name, "Grand Gran".

      April shared her love with many organizations for whom she volunteered. She was a former Board member of Helping Hand Home, did volunteer work at St. David's Hospital, chaired PTA at her daughters' school, and served on a number of committees at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church where her parents were founding members.

      Everyone that knew April loved her. She always had a smile on her face and lived life to its fullest. Like her parents who owned All Air Sea Travel, April loved to travel, and she explored many exciting places making friends wherever she went. Whether she was off on a cruise or visiting her grandchildren, April saw life as a great adventure.

      April felt lucky to have two great loves in her life. She married William Jonathan Woolsey in February, 1954. April and Billy Jon had two girls, Laura Lynn and Ellen Poage. In August, 1999, April married Loree Svadlenak and moved to his home in Portland, Texas. Svad's children, Loree Lynn Foreman, Leslie Ratliff and Larry Svadlenak and their spouses and children welcomed April and surrounded her with love.

      Those left to cherish April's memory are her husband, Loree Svadlenak and his family, her daughters and their husbands, Laura Woolsey Duggan and husband, Brad; Ellen Poage Mosher and husband, Byron; her grandchildren, Kerry Ellen Duggan, April Frances Mosher, Kathryn Leigh Duggan and Travis Conger Mosher; and cousin, Dr. Scott T. Poage of Waco.

      A memorial service celebrating April's life will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin, Texas. The family will receive friends following the service at April's Austin home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Helping Hand Home for Children, 3804 Avenue B, Austin, Tx 78751 or to Meals On Wheels and More, 3227 E. 5th, Austin, Tx 78702.
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