The funeral for Dr. Lois Prestage Woods will be held Wednesday at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 500 Clay Street, Houston, Texas 77002, 713-652-0738, at 11am. Dr. Woods was the first female gradute of Thurgood Marshall School of Law and has been included in an ongoing project focusing on pioneer women lawyers in Texas and their contributions to the legal profession in Texas.
She earned her BA from The Texas State University for Negroes. She married the wind beneath her wings, Herman Woods who encouraged & supported her as she went on to receive her L. L. B. and Juris Doctor Degrees from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University and her MA from Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University. She received her Supervision & Administration from Texas A & M University and Special Education from University of Houston. She was a teacher for HISD for 29 years, 7 years at Texas Southern University, and retired after 16 years at the University of Houston. Dr. Woods is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, and Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. She is a 1989 Achiever of National Women of Achievement, a member of Top Ladies of Distinction and the YWCA, Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity & NAACP. Dr. Woods was the first Black female to graduate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship. She was the first Black female to be appointed to the American Arbitration Association in Texas and to serve as class room teacher at University of Houston, University Park, High School Equivalency Program. Dr. Wood enjoyed creative writing, poetry, short stories and autobiographies. She also trained poodles and dobermans in obedience skills. Lois is preceded in death by husband Herman Woods, parents Mattie Bendy Prestage and James Prestage, brother James Prestage Jr., and her beloved Aunt Josie.