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.

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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

MARCH 11,2004