Monday, April 19, marks the 21st anniversary when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was attacked in an act of domestic terrorism and 168 people lost their lives. One victim, Ronota Newberry-Woodbridge, a Civil Engineer will forever be honored and remembered in Independence County. She was a pavement materials engineer with the Federal Highway Administration.
The daughter of Beth and Ron Newberry, Ronota graduated from Southside High School in 1981. To further bring honor to her legacy, The Ronota Newberry-Woodbridge Memorial STEM Scholarship was established. At least one scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating female pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math related college major. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and complete an essay listing and describing related activities they have participated in. Applicants are encouraged to include additional relevant information concerning financial need and overall importance of the award.
Newberry-Woodbridge was very active in her community and the service of others through her involvement in Girl Scouts, FHA, 4-H Club and Beta Club. As a delegate to Girls State, she demonstrated her leadership potential and her sense of civic responsibility. She completed a Bachelors degree in Physics at Abilene Christian University and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Ronota enjoyed camping and fishing, as well as sewing and married Gary Woodbridge in August, 1986.
Ronota’s surviving family members include her sister Angela Adams, a teacher in the Batesville School District and her mother Beth Newberry and her husband who still resides in the Oklahoma City area. She was a wonderful Christian wife, daughter and sister. She is and will always be greatly missed by both family and friends.