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Joan Nute Goddard


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Joan Nute Goddard Obituary
Joan Nute Goddard March 15, 1930 - May 5, 2018 SAN DIEGO Joan passed away May 5, 2018, at her home at Wesley Palms-Summerhouse, in Pacific Beach, San Diego. Joan Marcia Nute was born March 15, 1930, in Lynnfield Center, (now Lynnfield), Massachusetts to Percy Elmer and Lura May (Towle) Nute, the youngest of four children. The Nute family enjoyed annual camping trips to Fryeburg, Maine, for fishing, and large group meals. Joan was a Girl Scout, and in the Lynnfield Congregational Church choir. She attended nearby Wakefield High School, and Bryant and Stratton Commercial School on Boylston Street in the Back Bay area of Boston. She married her high school sweetheart, George Ralph Goddard, Jr. of Wakefield, in 1947, with her family's approval.In 1951, after George graduated from Northeastern University as an electrical engineer and took a job with Sperry, they moved from Lynnfield to Long Island, New York. In 1952 they, and one year old daughter, Marcia, crossed the country for a job assignment in San Diego. Son Bruce was born in 1953 while they lived in Riverside. Another job transfer brought George and Joan back to San Diego where Carolyn (1955) and James (1958) were born. They bought a home in Point Loma in 1954, and except for a brief assignment with General Dynamics outside Boston from 1965 to 1967, they stayed in Point Loma. Joan lived in the Tarento Drive home for 60 years!Joan was active in her children's activities including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, and school PTA. She was a member of Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church from the mid 1950's on and worked there for 25 years, then volunteered for many more years. The Goddards took a yearly camping trip to the Sierras or the western National Parks, a highlight of each summer.Joan and George loved boating and were founding and long-time members of Silvergate Yacht Club on Shelter Island. They had a power boat, "Flying Start," and then a Thunderbird class sloop, "Spirit," built by George. They sailed and raced in San Diego, and up and down the west coast, nearly every weekend. The children were known at Silvergate Yacht Club as the "kiddie crew."In the 1970's, 80's, and 90's, they spent many happy, long weekends with extended family at "The Grove," 20 acres of avocados and a ranch house in Valley Center. After retirement for both in 1994, they crisscrossed the United States many times by car for Goddard family reunions and George's World War II Manicani Island meet-ups. They revisited many of our National Parks, with Yosemite and Kings Canyon being repeat favorites. After George passed away, Joan continued to enjoy going to symphonies and operas with the Rutledge family.Joan is survived by her daughter, Marcia Goddard Butcher (Warren) of Poway, and her son Bruce Richard Goddard of Albuquerque. She was predeceased by her son James in 1999, her husband George in 2003, and daughter Carolyn in 2011. She is also survived by four granddaughters, Rebekah Price (Don) of Virginia, Laurel Butcher of Sausalito, Lindsay Butcher of Arcata, and Samantha Goddard of Spring Valley. She has two great-grandsons, Trevor and Aiden of Virginia. Many Goddard and Nute extended family members live throughout the United States.The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers and staff at Wesley Palms-Summerhouse, and The Elizabeth Hospice for the tender care given to Joan. Joan's ashes will be scattered at sea off Point Loma. At her request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the of San Diego or The Elizabeth Hospice, or the San Diego Maritime Museum.Cremation services provided by Beardsley Mitchell Mortuary.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on May 13, 2018
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