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FYI: Malone Mourns the Passing of Renowned Historic Preservationist, Edith Woods

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Aug. 14, 2005 – Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Senator Shawn-Michael Malone, joins the entire Virgin Islands community in the passing of a brilliant historic preservationist, civil servant, and friend to many, the late Edith deJongh Woods. Edith Woods, who passed early Saturday morning, gave of herself tirelessly as a sound historic preservationist dedicated towards educating the residents of the Virgin Islands the historic significance of certain buildings and structures in our territory. Her presence will be sorely missed by those who were deeply touched by her generous contributions.
"She was truly an asset to our preservation efforts in terms of local history as well as that of the structures that have been around the Virgin Islands for centuries. She took great care and pride in doing so and treated them as if the historic structures were her own. Her unwavering dedication and energy towards historic preservation will forever be etched in our hearts and minds forever. It is my hope that someone with the same passion for educating the community on our local history will preserve her legacy and honor her commitment as she has preserved the very foundation of our culture for so many years. She will be sorely missed by all who had the distinct pleasure of her company and the Virgin Islands community has suffered a great loss," Senator Malone mentioned.
"She dedicated her life as an educator and preservationist as a teacher of Charlotte Amalie High School to serving as a member of the St. Thomas Historical Trust and chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission. Her articles in the Daily News on the history of local structures in territory, not only reflected her dedication towards the preservation of these structures, but her frank and outspoken disposition as well. Her contributions towards the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was recognized as she became the 2003 recipient of the Wilbur "Bill" Lamotta Community Service Award. Although her life spanned over seven decades, her commitment, dedication, and years of service towards the preservation of local structures will be a timeless record for years to come," Senator Malone stated.
"I join her daughter, former Miss U.S. Virgin Islands, Mrs. Juile Woods Dukes, her sons, Robert, Fred, and John Woods, and her husband, John, and the entire Woods family, in mourning her untimely passing. It is my prayer that they find solace in the fact that many Virgin Islanders share their loss. May she rest in eternal peace," Senator Malone concluded.

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