“Being in This Industry Is Not Easy, but It Is Extremely Rewarding”


Madison Woods grew up in Clinton, UT, where she attended Clearfield High School, graduating in 2015.

Her passion to become a mortician springs from a longtime desire to help families through their grief after losing a loved one. “My drive and passion for this industry comes from growing up with hard working parents,” said Woods. “It began when I went to a funeral as a child, at which point I knew I wanted to become a mortician.”

In the fall of 2019, Woods applied to Russon Mortuary and became a secretary at their Syracuse location. They also have full-service locations in Bountiful and Farmington.

After nine months with the Russon Mortuary family, Madison became a Funeral Service Intern. She works every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with one on-call day every week.

Madison is a full-time mother and student at Commonwealth Institute in Houston, TX, where she’s been studying to earn her degree in Mortuary Science while also working full-time as an intern. She graduates this year to become a licensed Funeral Director.

Woods suggested to those seeking entry into the Funeral industry that true success comes from having a real passion for the work. “Being in this industry is not easy, but it is extremely rewarding and fulfilling getting to help families through what is one of the most difficult times in their lives. It’s why I do what I do.”

“The people at Russon Mortuary are truly incredible,” said Woods. “I am so blessed and grateful to work here because the Russons are an amazing family who truly care about those they serve, as if they were their own family, just like I do.”

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