Mary Ellin Handelin Goodwin

April 2, 1927 – January 27, 2024

 

Last updated 2/20/2024 at 10:15am

Mary Ellin Handelin Goodwin

Humble and loving super mom.

Mary was born in Oakland, California, but was raised in Coos Bay, Oregon (then known as Marshfield).

Mary was one of four children. She attended the University of Oregon, and married Alfred (Ted) Goodwin shortly after graduating. Mary was a stay-at-home mother, raising four kids while Ted pursued his legal career. Many happy times were spent as a family visiting Coos Bay, Central Oregon, and Death Valley, California. 

Mary dedicated a lot of her time to volunteering for various organizations, including Youth for Understanding, Meals on Wheels, the Portland Art Museum, and as a docent for the Court of Appeals. 

Mary maintained life-long friendships with her childhood friends, as well as her sorority sisters in the Alpha Phi. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing card and board games of all types, as well as challenging herself with daily crossword puzzles. She also played the piano and sang in church choirs wherever she and Ted lived. She was a good cook and read and sang to her children all the time. She had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor. 

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Ted, in December of 2022, after 73 years of marriage. They are missed by their four children; Karl, Meg, Sara, and Jim, and five grandchildren; Heather, Thomas, Beverly, Colton, and Carson, and one great grandchild, Dixie Faye Goodwin.

 

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