Described as a lifelong friend and promoter of agriculture and of Purdue University, Shirley Woody believes in the Cooperative Extension Service's philosophy of extending information and putting knowledge to work, according to Boone County Extension Director Doug Akers. And as a volunteer advocate of agriculture she became a leadership role model for Indiana farm women and literally took her message of education and leadership to rural women around the world.
A native of Boone County, Woody attended Purdue University for two years and farmed with her husband Jon near Lebanon until their retirement a few years ago. Woody was a competent partner in the farming operation (that's her driving the combine in the picture below), but she carved out a niche all her own providing volunteer leadership to many organizations. Even retirement didn't last long for Woody, who has resumed activity in her volunteer work for agriculture.
Woody volunteered with the Boone County Extension Service for more than 30 years. She began her association with Extension as a 10 year 4-H member, where she became the first woman to serve as president of the Boone County Junior Leaders. Woody served on the Boone County Extension Board, was president of the Boone County Extension Homemakers Association and served as treasurer or the Boone County Fair Board. She was secretary-treasurer of the county 4-H Council and helped establish a fund raising program for county 4-H that is still in use today. She was also an active member of the Dover Christian Church.