Martha Jo (Pray) Woodard

October 6, 2018

Martha Jo (Pray) Woodard, 91, of Arnolds Park, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake. Visitation with family present will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will take place on Monday, October 15, 2018, at 10:00am at the North Lawn Cemetery of Fort Dodge. Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 3501 Hill Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360 The Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Martha was born on April 5, 1927, in Fort Dodge, to Carl William and Velma Mae (Keith) Pray. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1945 and earned her Home Economics Degree from Iowa State University. She married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Ralph Woodard, on June 18, 1950. They lived in Iowa City until 1954, when Ralph graduated from medical school. Martha and Ralph moved to Wayne County, Michigan, for his medical internship. The couple later moved back to Iowa City so Ralph could complete a general surgical residency. They later moved the family to Fort Dodge where Ralph practiced general surgery for 36 years. Ralph always called Martha the ‘housewife extraordinaire’, raising 3 children and caring for both sets of grandparents in Fort Dodge. After Ralph retired, the couple moved to their home on West Lake Okoboji, where they enjoyed many treasured friendships. Martha and Ralph were sweethearts all their married life. Ralph preceded Martha in death on February 5, 2014.
Martha was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake where she was involved in women’s groups and activities. Martha enjoyed golf, playing bridge, sewing and socializing with her coffee group, exercise group, the Okoboji Summer Theater, the Pearson LakesArt Center and the Okoboji Yacht Club. She truly cherished her long-lasting relationships and friendships in the Iowa Great Lakes region as well as Fort Dodge, Iowa. Martha treasured the love of her family and supporting her grandchildren in all their life adventures.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Dr. Debra (Edward) Leners of Arnolds Park, IA; MaryAnn (Don) Cousins of Orlando, FL, and Dr. Thomas (Darci) Woodard of Urbandale. IA; grandchildren Nevin (Sadie) Leners, Noah (Abby) Leners, Kyle Cousins, Kirk (Julie) Cousins, Dr. Karalyne (Reed) Blochberger , Jenna (Tom) Harmon) and Nick (Jordan) Woodard; great grandchildren William Keith Leners, Knox Benton Leners and Cooper Wesley Cousins.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers Tom and Louis Pray.