Funeral services for Eleanor Foddy, 87, of Woodward will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Woodward United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery, Visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry, IA on Friday, October 12, 2018. Eleanor passed away suddenly Monday, October 8, 2018 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, IA.

Eleanor Frances Doty was born November 12, 1930 the daughter of Frederick and Lillian Alice (Moles) Doty in Cheyenne, WY. She graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, CO with the class of 1948. She attended the University of Colorado for three years and later in her life returned to college at Iowa State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She worked at Mercy Hospital as a Medical Technologist.

Eleanor married Harold W. Foddy on May 20, 1951 in Wheat Ridge, CO. Early in their married life they lived in to San Antonio, TX and Bartlesville, OK while Harold served in the USAF. Then they went on to Wichita, KS before moving to Dearborn, MI in 1953. In 1958 they moved to Woodward, IA where they have lived for the past 60 years on their family farm.

With her husband, Eleanor was an integral part of the family farm. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also an active member and organist of the Woodward United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing bridge in her JFA (Just For Amusement) Bridge Club.

Eleanor enjoyed traveling with her family and husband to many destinations including Mexico and Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Egypt and Peru where they climbed Machu Picchu. They traveled to nearly every state in America, including a month-long road trip to Alaska, where they returned in 2016 for their 65th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-seven years, Harold Foddy of Woodward, IA; son Brian Foddy of Eagan, MN; daughters Joyce (Robert) Lynch of Monona, WI, Jinny (John) Monroe of Kansas City, MO, Marjorie (Michael) Hogan of New York City and London, England; one sister Dorothy Heideman of Pensacola, FL; ten grandchildren Andy, Ben and Luke Monroe, Chris, Ryan and Katherine Lynch, Helen Meyerhoff, Joe, Ginny and Claudia Hogan and one great-granddaughter Charlotte Lynch.

Preceding Eleanor in death were her parents and one brother Frederick Doty.

Gifts in memory of Eleanor Foddy can be made to the Mayo Clinic in support of Women’s Heart Research. Donations can be made by phone (855-852-8129) or as an online tribute to Eleanor Foddy at or by mail at Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; please indicate in the memo line of the check that the donation is a memorial gift to Eleanor Foddy. If any questions, please contact Wendy Thon, Benefactor Service Representative, at 507-293-7431 or