Eva Goodrich(1968 - 2018)

After losing her battle with cancer, Eva Goodrich passed away being cared for by her family at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Bolivia, N.C on Feb. 19, 2018. She was just shy of 49.5 years of age.
Born Sept. 20, 1968, Eva loved God, sports, the national parks, pasta and especially her family. Born in Chicago, Ill., Eva was raised in Delaware since the early 1970s, attending elementary, middle and high schools in Dover (Dover High School, class of 1986). She had an ex¬traordinary childhood in Dover, with several opportunities to travel throughout Europe (twice living in Germany) and annual family vacations at Chautauqua Institution, N.Y. Eva ranked in Delaware in high school athletics (field hockey, track and field running and high jump), sang (Delaware all state chorus) and played saxophone in high school and college. Subsequently, she played lacrosse and Division I field hockey at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania (she graduated from Ursinus in 1991). Eva carried her fun-filled college years with her throughout her life and completed a Master of Science in Environmental Pollution Con¬trol at Pennsylvania State University (Harrisburg) in 2004.
Twice a summertime counselor at Camp Pecometh (the Methodist Church camp in Centreville, Md.), Eva started as a concessionaire and then became a park ranger for the National Park Service; it was her favorite job. Of the 11 national parks she was priv¬ileged to live and work in (Yellowstone, Wyo.; Death Valley and Sequoia, Calif.; Bryce Canyon and Zion, Utah; Denali and Katmai, Ark.; Everglades, Fla.; Shenandoah, Va.; Carls¬bad Caverns, N.M.; and Grand Canyon, Ariz.), Yellowstone was her favorite, and she re¬turned there three times. Close second favorites were Carlsbad Caverns, Denali, and Zion. Eva's second-favorite job was being a runway model in Pennsylvania. It was a thrill to get pampered with amazing hair, outfits and makeup, and then strut out on the runway and get paid for it! She also got a kick out of being an extra for the recent TV show Good Behavior filmed in N.C. Eva and her children relocated to Oak Island, N.C., about five years ago.
Eva is survived by her four beloved children: Zion, Kodiak, Everest and Acadia. She is also survived by her step-father William Goodrich (spouse Candice); brother Matthew Goodrich (spouse Mikyong); sisters Frances Goodrich and Sara Goodrich (spouse Ryan Rhoades). Other survivors, near and far, include well-loved aunts and uncles, cousins, and their spouses and children.

Eva Goodrich opted for cremation and no formal service was conducted. However, this summer there will be a memorial service and scattering of ashes at Big Stone Beach. In lieu of flowers or cards, and with Eva's strong love of the national parks and pro¬tection of the environment, please consider a memorial gift to one of the following three charities: The National Park Foundation, the National Park Trust, or the Conservation Fund.

Published in Dover Post from Mar. 28 to Apr. 6, 2018