Goodman, Constance M.
Constance Meredith Scott Goodman (nee Gulden), died peacefully at home on February 12, 2013. She was surrounded by her husband and three children in her last hours. She is survived by her adoring husband Joseph, of 61 years, her three beloved children, Meredith Downey, Alison Bergman (Robert) and Christopher Goodman (Tanya) and her six grandchildren, David (Deepa), Betsie, and Daniel Bergman, Matthew and Megan Downey and Christopher Goodman. Constance was born in New York City on March 26, 1918. She was the daughter of the late Royal Scott Gulden and Marion Beck.
Constance graduated from Hunter College in 1942. She went to nursing school under the auspices of the US Navy with the plan to serve her country as a nurse in the Pacific. Her brother Royal Scott Gulden Jr was a prisoner of war in the Philippines and her hope was to find and care for her brother. Constance attended Yale School of Nursing and was in the second class they graduated from their Masters of Nursing program. The program was started in conjunction with the war effort to train nurses to help with the wounded during World War II. She graduated in 1946.
After the war, she did public health nursing in New Haven, Syracuse and New York City among the immigrant population. Constance received a Master degree in Library Science in 1969.
Constance was an active member of the Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, in New York City and an associate member of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity. Later she was a member of St John's Episcopal Church in Pleasantville and was an altar guild member and sang in the choir. Finally, she worshipped at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ossining.
Constance was a member of the Pleasantville Fortnightly Club for 42 years. She was an avid reader, gardener, and lover of music, art, ballet, needlecrafts, traveling and a wonderful cook.
Her pride and joy in life was her marriage to Joseph. They met December 8, 1951 sitting in the same pew at the church of St Mary the Virgin, in New York City. That began a lifetime of happiness and devotion to each other. Married on March 25, 1952, Constance spent the remainder of her life as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday (Today) 3-6pm at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasantville, NY. Her funeral service will be Friday 10:30am at St. John's Episcopal Church, Pleasantville.