Betty Anne Goodson

1947-2014

Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Goodson went to heaven on Sunday, July 13, 2014 after a 3 year battle with cancer. Betty was born in Pittsburg, KS on January 13, 1947 to Eugene and Elizabeth O’Brien. She was the third born of a large Catholic family of seven brothers and sisters. Betty grew up and lived in several towns in Kansas, including Pittsburg, Parsons and in 1962, the Goodson_BettyO’Brien family moved to Independence, Kansas.

Betty met the love of her life, Jack Stanley Goodson at a drive-in movie when she was a sophomore in high school. She graduated Independence High School in 1965, and received her associate’s degree from Independence Community College in 1967. After college she moved to Denver, Colorado and then to Topeka, Kansas where she worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Upon Jack’s graduation from Kansas State University, Betty and Jack wed on June 7, 1969 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Independence, Kansas.

Betty and Jack lived in numerous cities during their 45 years of marriage. In 1971, they moved to South Bend, Indiana where she worked in the Development Offices at the University of Notre Dame. On August 6, 1973, Betty gave birth to her first born child, Jennifer Lynn “Jenny” Goodson. She continued to work for Notre Dame until her son, Joseph Allen “Joe” Goodson was born on December 1, 1977. In 1978, the Goodson family moved to Topeka, Kansas. Betty was very involved in both her children’s lives and cared for her children as a stay at home mom. The family moved to Chesterfield, Missouri in 1983, and then to her final residence, Edmond, Oklahoma in 1986.

Betty was a true giver, an exceptional mother and a devout Catholic. Her passions included spending time with her family and donating her time to various ministries at St. John the Baptist Catholic church in Edmond, Oklahoma. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling and visiting many elderly women in nursing homes.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Goodson of Edmond, OK; her daughter Jenny Goodson and partner Susan deCordova of Oklahoma City, OK ; son Joe Goodson of Chongqing, China; sisters Jeanette Adolf and Colleen Guinn; brothers Don O’Brien, Kelly O’Brien and Paul O’Brien. She also leaves behind 14 nieces and nephews and numerous loving relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother Elizabeth O’Brien, father Eugene O’Brien and brother Bryant  O’Brien.

Comments

  1. Betty was a wonderful friend and a beautiful person inside and out. She was always kind to everyone and was so giving of herself. I will miss her.

  2. Ralph and I were honored to have Betty and Jack move in across the hall while we were living in South Bend, Indiana. And through the years we’ve kept in touch. Many fond memories come to mind. These past few years Betty has shown all of us courage, strength, and strong faith for the battle she was given. Let us never forget what Betty has left us if we should ever have that battle to face.
    Rest in peace dear Betty Anne.

    Ralph and Pam

  3. We did not have to run with her to always be lifted by her easy smile and quiet laughter.

  4. I met Betty Anne when I moved to Independence in 1962, and it was my good fortune to become one of Betty’s many friends. We went on to graduate high school and junior college together, and then she came to Colorado where she and I worked and lived with my family.
    The “girls” and I have so many wonderful memories from those days-it brings to mind the “Ya Ya Sisterhood”-and Betty truly was our compass. She has always been a huge inspiration to me, with her spiritual and giving nature, her devotion to Stan, Jenny and Joe-along with the rest of her large family, and I will forever remember that beautiful, bawdy laugh which was uniquely her own.
    If I am able to live half the life she did, I have the comfort of knowing I may see her again. Rest in peace dear friend-

  5. Betty was the best sister, a girl could ever hope for. We were only eighteen months apart, so we were like twins. There was never a harsh word between us. She was always there for me. I will miss our hour and a half phone calls, and daily emails. I’m so glad she’s at peace now. Three years was a long time to fight her battle! She is an inspiration to us all. I’m glad I got to be with Betty in her last days.

  6. Jeanette, Stan and family–
    We are so sorry for your loss. Jeanette–you and your sisters are the coolest. You always made time for each other and were best friends, even though you didn’t live in the same city.

    I love how you traveled to be together for birthdays and anniversaries and your annual “sister” trip.

    You truly are best friends, because you share a deep past and understanding that no one else can comprehend.

    It was so special that you could be together for Betty’s final days. I know Betty was waiting for all of you. That is love and that’s family.

    I’ll never forget Betty visiting us when our son Will was a baby. He reached his little hand into her water glass and pulled out her lemon! She just laughed and let him do it. She was even too polite to ask for a new glass! Such a sweet and gentle lady,

    We’re thinking about all of you and praying for you.
    The Randby Family, Omaha

  7. Betty was a wonderful person. I always found her to be in good cheer. Easy to make laugh and always a smile. I never heard her make a harsh remark about anyone or anything.
    I always enjoyed being in her company. She was and still is a delightful lady!!!!

    Her fight was valiant, brave and courageous……….but, I am glad that her suffering has ended. I know she is in heaven smiling and laughing………and waiting for her Jack, all her family and all her friends to join her.

    She was and will always be a beautiful Lady!!!!!!!!!

    God Bless…………Betty, Jack, the children and the family and all her many, many friends!

    Love, Jim Farrell

  8. Jack:

    Betty’s smile will never be forgotten. Her love will always be with you.

    May God surround you with His love now and in your darkest hours.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Love, Gina Thompson

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