Goad, Mary Beth (Becki)
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Becki Goad, of Scottsdale, passed away at age 65 on January 30, 2014 with her family by her side after a valiant 8 ½ year battle with ovarian cancer. Becki was born on August 19, 1948 in Berkeley, California to Melvin and LaVerne McQuistion and moved to Scottsdale in 1953. She attended Scottsdale High School where she met the love of her life, Larry. They attended Arizona State University and were married in 1969. Son Chris and daughter Kimberley came into the family in 1973 and 1975. During their growing up years, Becki was a stay-at-home mom being involved with them in all their activities. Later, she began coaching high school cheer (aka Momma Goad), then began working as a corporate administrator for a restaurant group and an account manager for a large national corporation. Becki loved life and was always laughing and having fun. She was the ringleader, the life of the party and the entertainer. She enjoyed shopping, casino runs, girl's trips, cruises, Facebook, her flower pots, family vacations in Oceanside and the Phoenix Coyotes. She was everyone's best friend and her circle of friends was large including the Crazies, the Fab 5, Our Morris' (19 trips together) and the Bunco Babes. She was a grandma to 3 wonderful grandchildren who were the light of her life. She loved attending their dance recitals, plays, hockey games, taking them on shopping sprees and having them for sleep overs. She always conveyed words of wisdom to them. Becki is survived by her husband Larry of 44 years, son Chris, daughter Kimberley Nickel (husband Marty), mother LaVerne, sisters Kathy, Sue and Tina, brother Scott, grandchildren Kambrie, Kellen and Karis, step grandchildren Kelsey and Alec and great grandson Steven. There will be a family service and a celebration of life party to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be sent to
, Eckstein Center at 9808 N. 95th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 5, 2014