Longtime Fairbanks resident, Ethel K. Goad, peacefully passed from this life on Feb. 23, 2013, surrounded by her family.
She was born, July 22, 1924, in Detroit, Mich. Ethel attended parochial and public schools in Detroit, graduating in 1941. She attended the University of Michigan
and, loving to travel, traveled the western United States until settling in Fairbanks in October 1952.
She worked as a retail clerk and managed the old Francis Apartments until her retirement in 1990, though Ethel would say she never really retired. She was an avid gardener and loved sports, particularly baseball and hockey. She loved and appreciated the many friends she made through the years, both the human and animal varieties.
To many of the children and grandchildren of her dear friends, she was known simply as "Gramma Ethel." Ethel was a proud member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Women's Igloo No. 8, and the Retail Clerks International Association, Local 1689, during her early days in Fairbanks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Goad, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Darcy Goad, of Fairbanks; son Raymond Goad, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Sara Fisher-Goad, of Anchorage; and numerous extended family members across the country, including North Pole, Anchorage, Michigan, Vermont, California, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In accordance with her wishes, a private family remembrance of Ethel's life will be held later this year.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to Ethel's favorite charity, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.