Chloris Goodwin

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Chloris Goodwin

Former Sparks City Clerk cruises away from our shores.

Chloris Goodwin, who served as Sparks City Clerk from 1967 to 1987, died peacefully at home on July 13th with her much-loved granddaughter, Casey, by her side. She was 89. Chloris was the youngest of nine children born to Emelyn and Fred Taylor. She was born on March 27, 1925 in Butte, Montana and moved to California after high school. At the end of World War II, she moved to Nevada.

She leaves behind a remarkable public and personal legacy. From 1955 to 1967 she served as secretary to the Sparks City Clerk / Treasurer and as City Purchasing Agent. She became Sparks' first elected City Clerk in 1967, an office she held for 20 years. In 1987, the City of Sparks dedicated the Chloris T. Goodwin Legislative Building at Sparks City Hall honoring her 32 years of dedicated public service to the citizens of Sparks. Four streets are named for her - Chloris Circle, Goodwin Road, Chloris Court and Goodwin Court. Her commitment to public service continued even into retirement. A few months after she left the Clerk's office, then-Mayor Jim Spoo nominated her to serve as a member of the Sparks Planning Commission, a position she held for eight years.

Her dedication to the City of Sparks and its citizens was matched only by her love for family. She met the love of her life, Jim Goodwin, when he was a Sparks Policeman and they were married in Virginia City in August 1965. They enjoyed 37 years of love, laughter and companionship. They hit the road in anything with wheels and they visited every town in Nevada together. Cherished memories of their travels to Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico the south pacific and many other destinations brought her great joy throughout her life. She was curious and interested in all kinds of things. Her lifelong passions included arrowhead hunting, lapidary, football, camping, gardening, playing slot machines and reminiscing with family and friends. She sharpened her keen mind on Sudoku puzzles, "Wheel of Fortune", Jeopardy", keeping up with the news and, of course, voting.

Chloris was the beloved mother of Marilyn Maxfield and Karla Zervos and her husband Larry. She was the proud grandmother of Casey and Wade Berry and great-grandmother to their sons, Cody and Jesse. Her great-grandsons were the joy of her life. She was proud to see Cody continue his education at UNR after his high school graduation. She was also pleased with Jesse's progress in the Army National Guard and felt honored to attend his graduation ceremony last summer in Missouri. Wade's family of Bill and Marcia Borncamp, Brent and Carrie Berry and their daughter, Cera and son, Cole were part of Chloris' extended family. She is also survived by her sister and traveling companion, Mary Garnas; her brother Eugene Taylor and a large and loving family of many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Goodwin; her brothers Bill, Fred, Ben and Bud Taylor and sisters Louise Johnson and Helen LeProwse.

She also leaves behind a host of long-term and new friends who made her final days joyous. Neighbors from the Quail Street "over the hill gang" maintained daily contact long after she moved away from her Quail Street home of 46 years. Dee Brochon and the Split EnZ social circle enrich her life to the end. She treasured her 71-year friendship with Ginny Williams and her friend for 69 years, Marie Steenis. Chloris and Marilyn Peterson worked together at Sparks City Hall and they were still great gambling companions fifty years later. Newer friends Ginny Peterson, Marjy and Jack Schlitgus and the MorningStar retirement community staff welcomed her into their lives when she moved there.

Chloris and her family thank Circle of Life Hospice for their loving care and for treating her with dignity and respect that made her last days comfortable.

A celebration honoring her full life and strong spirit will be held at 11 AM on July 30, 2014 at Sparks Christian Fellowship - 510 Greenbrae Drive. Any remembrances of Chloris are welcome. Those who cannot deliver them personally can send them to her daughter, Marilyn Maxfield at In honor of her love of all things red, red bows will be available for everyone.

She was a wonderful friend, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed now and forever. Those who knew her will keep her spirit alive by remembering her gifts of strength and a passion for life that make her an everlasting inspiration to everyone whose life she touched.

Funeral Home
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89505
Funeral Home Details
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from July 23 to July 27, 2014