A memorial celebration of the life of Barbara Sidnii Woods is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12th at Eggen & Lance Chapel in Santa Rosa.
With sadness, we announce the passing of Barbara Sidnii Woods, a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, mentor and friend to many. She was known to be of generous heart, especially to those in need and always a willing servant. We look forward to the sure and certain hope of the resurrection in our Lord Jesus Christ. Sidnii is survived by Bill Woods, her husband of 48 years; her youngest son, Lee Purkey; two daughters-in-law, Angelie Purkey and Shannon Reid; and four grandsons, Nathaniel and Joshua Purkey and Steven and James Reid. She is pre-deceased by her oldest son, Roger Reid.
She was born and raised in Ponca City, Okla., and came to California to study art and design in 1952. Always an avid student of the arts, she credited her joy of life to her personal faith in Jesus and her exceptional teachers in school. Sidnii gained early recognition with her sculpting, mosaics and oil painting – winning awards at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach in the 1960’s. She served as a nurse and radiologist for 12 years while raising her two sons and later expanded her creative interests to watercolors when she moved to Santa Rosa in 1976.
It was in watercolors that she took flight – seeking instruction from some of her creative heroes – Morton Solberg, Marilyn Simandle, Frank Webb and Jan Kunz to name a few. Sidnii threw herself into her passion for the arts as an instructor, mentor and administrative officer of various organizations, always pushing herself to learn and expand her craft.
Perhaps as a result of doing mosaics, her work has been marked by a keen eye for design and composition, often employing strong colors. She was always drawn to the effects of light, shadow, reflections and the awareness and use of negative space.
She is particularly fond of capturing the reflective nature of water and the texture and patterns of rock and wood. She has earned awards in watercolor at many competitions including the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. Her works have hung in corporate offices, gallery exhibits and private collections across the country.
Known for her brilliant personality, her sassy humor, her highbrow vocabulary, her colorful fashion and her love of funky and soulful music, she was a charismatic presence wherever she went. She turned 84 in Sept. of 2018 and passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2018. She is dearly missed.