Evalynn Rae Goodman
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St George, UT
Evalynn Rae Goodman passed away peacefully on June 2nd. Ev was born on July 26,1934 to Effie and Roy Pier in Jackson, Michigan. She was involved in every activity time allowed in high school; captaining the girls basketball team and swim team, playing in the school band and excelling in the role of student body vice president (women were not allowed to be school president in the late 40s). She earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan and remained a faithful alum and lifelong supporter of all of their sports teams.
While still in high school she became a caregiver to a fellow student suffering from cerebral palsy. This job and blossoming friendship led to a lifetime of working with people with both physical and mental disabilities, whether it was teaching swimming, bowling lessons or art instruction. Additionally, she successfully led many fundraising campaigns for charity.
After graduation from college she worked as a teacher for 4 years, leaving teaching to help her husband with his small homebuilding business. After moving to Colorado her focus was on raising her three kids. Her three children cannot recall her missing a single sporting event or school related activity throughout their school careers. As the kids grew she returned to her love of the building industry, designing and decorating homes for many years.
She is predeceased by both parents, her brother George Pier and her husband Dick Betzing. She is survived by her sister Claudine, her beloved husband James Goodman, children Linnea Olson, John Olson, Bink Owsley and stepsons Ed and Dave Goodman. In addition, Evalynn leaves numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Jim and Ev retired to Utah nearly 10 years ago but she always considered Colorado (especially its lakes and mountains) her home. Evalynn lived a full life and always with gusto. A lover of animals, good books, fine art and music, she will be remembered for her beauty, athleticism, capacity for fun, but mostly for her generous heart.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Evalynn Rae Goodman to Massachusetts General Hospital, THE TARGETING A CURE FOR LUNG CANCER FUND, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1300, Boston, MA 02114.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Metcalf Mortuary on June 18 at 10:00AM.
Metcalf Mortuary - St. George
288 West St. George Blvd.
St. George, UT 84770
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on June 16, 2014