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Lisa Woody Juhlin, 58, loving mom of three, and adoring wife of 28 years to husband, Max Juhlin, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Lisa was born in East Tennessee and grew up surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Her three brothers influenced her to be a woman who was brave, loyal, and tender. Her mom’s influence was her love of cooking.
She is preceded in death by her mom Margie McLemore Woody, dad Frank Woody and brother Grover Woody. She is survived by husband and perfect life partner, Max Juhlin, three children of whom she was proud to be their mom, daughter Christan Thomas (Louisville, KY), son and daughter-in-law Philip and Amanda (Kristianstad, Sweden), daughter Sarah Juhlin (Knoxville, TN), grandchildren Corey and Justus, brother and sister-in-law Frank and Linda Woody (Maryville, TN), brother Curtis Woody (Maryville, TN), in-laws Jan and Lisbeth Juhlin (Gardby, Sweden), sisters and brothers in-law Liselott and Henrik Astrom (Lulea, Sweden), Eva and Thomas Palme (Farjestaden, Sweden), Linda and Roger Jonsson (Lulea, Sweden), along with several nieces and nephews.
To Lisa, her culinary style was a creative expression. Lisa loved trying new recipes that make people stop what they’re doing, gather around to chit-chat, and talk about their day. Her recipes were a multisensory phenomenon. They were beautifully presented, and smelled and tasted delicious. She did this as a way of showing her love to her family, friends, and the students and staff at Maryville High School where she was employed from 2000 – 2016.
She loved her God, country, family, friends, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
A special mention to Susan Van Winkle (spiritual shoulder), Jeanette Scott (family friend for nearly 40 years), Deb Nissen (Dear Friend that kept her historical romance coming), and Olga Matossian (LWR) for always being there for her. A heartfelt Thank You to Paul and Cindy Takken and Comfort Research of Grand Rapids, MI, who from the beginning has honored their commitment to the family, and in doing so, has become part of it. Every person Lisa (Max) encountered, from 2016 until now, through good and bad, has played a pivotal role in their family’s lives. Lisa found comfort in the confidence that the genuine people that make this community what it is, would be there to offer comfort of their own in this time of need.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or First Christian Church Food Pantry.
A celebration of life will be held on July 1st at 7pm at First Christian Church located at 400 South Court Street in Maryville. Receiving of friends will begin at 5:30pm.
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