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Sallie Lou Smith Goodell


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Sallie Lou Smith Goodell Obituary
March 8, 1932 - April 13, 2017 Sallie Lou Smith Goodell passed away on April 13, 2017 in Sacramento, California, following a brief illness. She was 85 years old. Sallie was born on March 8, 1932, in Cooks Falls, New York, to Stanley Edward Smith and Sara Louisa Treyz Smith. She graduated from Roscoe Central School ('49) before attending Cornell University, where she received a B.S. in Home Economics ('53). She was an active member of Pi Beta Phi and treasured her time spent with her sorority sisters who remained lifelong friends. Before her senior year at Cornell, she met her husband Robert Sewall Goodell on a blind date in New York City. Sallie and Robert were married on June 13, 1953. Together with Robert, Sallie lived briefly in San Diego, Long Beach, Boston, and Fremont, Ohio, before settling in the San Fernando Valley in 1959, where they raised four children. Sallie was known for her sense of humor, her love of reading, gardening, travel, and musicals. She had an ability to connect with children and foster a love of learning, reading, and a sense of fun. She loved giving to others - sending correspondence to family, friends, and sorority sisters across town or across the world - and never forgetting a single birthday, anniversary, or important life event. Sallie is survived by her husband of nearly 64 years Robert Sewall Goodell, daughters Ann ter Haar (Wiete) and Mary Hayakawa (Greg), son David Goodell (Silvia), daughter-in-law Suzanne Goodell, eleven grandchildren and two great-grandsons. She was predeceased by her son Robert Charles Goodell. She is also survived by her brother Franklin Treyz Smith and sister-in-law Jean Sengus Smith. A private service celebrating Sallie's life was held on April 24th at the Smith Funeral Home in Davis. For those who wish to honor Sallie's memory, donations may be made to Macular Degeneration Research through BrightFocus Foundation (www.BrightFocus.org) or to the Pi Beta Phi Foundation to benefit the Literacy Fund (www.pibetaphifoundation.org/donate).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 19 to May 21, 2017
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