GREENVILLE - Mary Alice Goodwin, 92, formerly of Blanchester, Ohio, Tavares, Fla. and Wilmington, Ohio, died June 9, 2014 at the Brethren Retirement Community nursing home in Greenville.
Mrs. Goodwin was born Aug. 17, 1921 in Warren County, Ohio, the third of eight children of the late Earl M. Bailey and Lela A. Bailey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald D. Goodwin, who died March 20, 2013. They had been married 65 years. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Earl M. Bailey, Jr., a sister, Minnie Jane Sharp, and two great-grandsons, Corin Goodwin and Zeke Goodwin.
Mrs. Goodwin graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1939 from Blanchester High School. She attended Wilmington College until her studies were interrupted by a bout of tuberculosis, which struck the Bailey family, claiming the life of her father and infecting Mary Alice and two of her siblings. After her two sons reached their early teen years, she returned to her studies at Wilmington College, graduating with the class of 1970 with a B.A. in education. Mrs. Goodwin taught elementary school in the Blanchester School System for several years, retiring in 1982.
Mrs. Goodwin was a member of Second Creek United Methodist Church, Clinton County Retired Teachers Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 179.
Mrs. Goodwin is survived by two sons, David (Sandi) Goodwin of Wilmington, Ohio, and Daryl (Carol Lee) Goodwin of Ansonia; six grandchildren, Jeff (Becky) Goodwin of Williamsburg, Mich., Craig (Roni) Goodwin of Normal, Ill., Brad (Erika) Goodwin of Wilmington, Ohio, Greg Goodwin of Versailles, Sarah Goodwin of Wilmington, Ohio, and Krista (Andrew) Waymire of Ansonia; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leona Rhodes of Corydon, Ind., and Viola Thompson of Cincinnati, Ohio; three brothers, Wayne (Regina) Bailey of Lima, Ohio, Harold (Juanita) Bailey of Lake Geneva, Wisc., and Eugene (Marilyn) Bailey of N. Canton, Ohio.
Visitation will be Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 120 W. Main St., Blanchester, Ohio with the Rev. Bill Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in the Blanchester IOOF Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Second Creek United Methodist Church, Blanchester, Ohio or Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund, Greenville, Ohio.