Mary K Goodyear 1954-2004
This picture was taken Christmas 1997. Mary K had told me that this was one of her favorite pictures. I know it is how she would want to be remembered.
Mary K was a loving mother, wife and friend. She took her personal time to help anyone who contacted her to help them with their family tree at no charge. She was a dedicated genealogist who gave of herself endlessly. Her death is a great loss within the Johnson Co community. She started the Johnson Co website in 1996 and spent years making it a site where all could visit and learn about their family trees.
Mary K. "Kathy" Goodyear, 49, of Ohio died Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at home after a long illness.
She was born November 1, 1954, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Herman and Sylvia Ramey Sparks, was graduated from Big Walnut High School in 1972, and attended Columbus Business College.
A homemaker and avid quilter, Kathy moved to Johnsonville 16 years ago from the Delaware area. Her interest in genealogy occupied her time and led to volunteer library work.
She is survived by her husband, Carl "Gene" Goodyear, whom she married February 20, 1981; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jenny Rose Myers of Columbus and Kelly and Richard Russell of Warren, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Sabrina Lynn Myers, Catlin Russell and Justin Russell; her mother, Sylvia Sparks of Mount Vernon; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Margie and Jack Lusby of Marengo and Bonnie and Paul Armstrong of Mount Vernon; a brother, Charlie Sparks of Marengo; and nieces and nephews.
Her father preceded her in death.
The family will receive friends Friday, March 12, 2004 from 5-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Marvin Haught will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/obit_view.phtml?customer_id=2828
MARY K. SPARKS GOODYEAR
GONE IS ONE WHO WILL BE SORELY MISSED
A PIONEERING SPIRIT A SEEKER AND GENEALOGIST
MARY K INITIATED THE VERY FIRST
MELUNGEON MAILING LIST
TO GET FOLKS TOGETHER
WHO'D OTHERWISE BE MISSED
SHE ORGANIZED THE FIRST UNION
TO GET KINDRED TO MEET
AS LEGACIES GO
HERS IS HARD TO BEAT
SHE'S GONE ON TO MEET
THOSE WHO'VE GONE BEFORE
THOSE ELUSIVE ANCESTORS
ARE STRANGERS NO MORE
MARY, WE THANK YOU
YOU WERE A FRIEND TO MAN
YOUR WORK IS NOT LOST
YOUR LEGACY WILL STAND
WE SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR TIRELESS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MELUNGEONS
©LORENE E. BURGESS