LISA CLAIR (WOODS) SCHROCK
September 13, 1964 ˜ June 13, 2020
Lisa Clair (Woods) Schrock, of Ridgefield, Washington, passed away quietly on June 13th, 2020, with her husband John at her side. She suffered from Lupus for many years and most recently was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. A case of severe sepsis took her in the end. She was 55.
Lisa was born in Boise, Idaho and her family moved to California when she was very young. She attended high school at Foothill High in Pleasanton, California and was a proud member of the Foothill High Marching Band. After high school she went to Fresno State University to chase her dream of becoming a Veterinarian. Unfortunately, she could not continue with college after being severely injured in a car accident. She started working as a veterinary technician in Pleasanton and continued in that occupation for three years. Lisa became interested in aviation and began taking flying lessons and made her first solo flight in an Aeronca Champ. She made many friends at the Livermore airport; among them were Air Traffic Controllers who urged her to take the initial test to become a controller. She passed the test and was hired soon thereafter. After graduation from the FAA Academy she was assigned to Livermore Control Tower where she quickly achieved full certification. After a few years at Livermore she was offered a promotion to Oakland Towers in Oakland California. There she served as an air traffic controller, quality assurance specialist, training specialist, and for a short time was assigned to Livermore Tower as the air traffic manager.
Lisa also met her husband John at Oakland, and they were married in Yosemite National Park in 1997. They transferred to the Portland, Oregon, Control Tower where Lisa worked as the FAA air traffic quality assurance specialist covering the state of Oregon. Lisa’s declining health forced her to leave the FAA in 2001.
Lisa was a deeply optimistic woman, a pillar of strength and courage. She had a ready laugh and never complained, even when the burden was heavy. Her bright smile and warm heart brought joy to all around her.
Lisa enjoyed camping in their Airstream trailer (with full hookups), caring for her pets, cooking, and staying in touch with friends and family, who will miss her profoundly.
Her stepfather, Roy Nelson, preceded her in death.
Lisa is survived by her mother, Carlene Nelson; husband, John; sisters, Gayle (Bruce) Freeman, Leeanne (Joseph) Coquia; stepbrother, Arjay (Renee) Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned and will happen at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, it is asked that a contribution be made to the ASPCA.
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