Melinda Goff
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Erin Melinda Goff died on January 14, 2021 at age 77 of lung cancer at her home in Bel Air, Maryland. She is survived by her husband of 51 years David Goff, daughters Molly (Matt) Helme and Sally (Max) Brummel, and grandchildren Jack, Maddox, Leo and Rose.

Mindi lived in Michigan from elementary school until retirement. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1961, and Albion College in 1965. Teaching in South Haven she met her husband Dave, and they settled in Lansing. She spent the rest of her career at Eastern High School. "Mrs. Goff" had an incredible impact on students she taught, and young teachers she worked with, many of whom expressed that her patience, support, and passion touched their lives tremendously.

Mindi was a strong advocate for civil rights and LGBTQ youth, leading Eastern's first Gay Straight Alliance and the Rainbow Youth Alliance in Harford County MD.

Mindi and Dave retired to Maryland. What brought her joy was reading, gardening, Detroit Tigers baseball, and attending her grandchildrens' dance, karate, and sports activities.

The family has arranged to donate her body to research on cancer and Alzheimer's Disease, as was her wish. Memorial contributions can be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, Alzheimer's Association, or the organization of your choice. There is no memorial service planned.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 20, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
Melinda, Your positive attitude and ready smile will always be in my heart. I enjoyed teaching next door to you at Eastern. I was able to learn about you and your family during our "chats" in the hall between classes. I will be forever grateful to you for covering for me in my classroom and in front of my door for allowing me to use the facilities after a class when needed. You were so kind to every student and employee at Eastern. You were a great listener. My teaching experience wouldn't have been the same at Eastern without you present in my life every day. I missed you when I decided to broaden my teaching experiences in another position after nine years teaching at Eastern. I've missed you since that day. I miss you now after years of friendship on Facebook. Bless you!
Cindy Restuccia
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