Beth Maxine "Granny" Goodwin, 89, of Grandview, the precious last leaf on the tree, passed away at her home Friday, Sept., 2007.
Beth was born on Jan. 4, 1918 in Morrill, Scottsbluff County, Neb., the daughter of Luther Samuel and Phebe Maude (Hammond) Withers.
Beth spent her early years in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado, where her father built roads. The family moved wherever he was working. Beth went to several schools, where she made friends easily, a trait that endured through out her life. She loved to ride horses and dance.
On Feb. 10, 1934 she married Louie "Buster" Goodwin in Oberlin, Kansas. She admired his fiddle playing at all the barn dances and set her cap for him. In 1945 Beth and Buster moved to Washington State and made their home in Mabton. Buster and Beth were married 57 years. Beth worked in many of the local warehouses, where she made many dear friends and retired from Twin City Foods. Beth loved to garden and often came home after an 8 to 10 hour shift and canned fruit and vegetables for her family.
She made clothes for herself, children and grandchildren and also crocheted endless afghans and doilies. One of the saddest days of her life was when she could no longer crochet. In 2005 she won a Blue ribbon at the Yakima Valley Fair an Rodeo for crocheted potholders. Beth also loved to write poetry, work, read, can, sew and make big Sunday dinners for her family. She had a sense of humor and wit.
She is survived by four daughters, Lynn Desmarais (Dick), Barbara Harris (Bob) and Maxine Simmons (Olen) all of Chewelah, Sharon Kollmar (Jerry) of Grandview; one son, Wendall "Dutch" Goodwin of Kennewick; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; one sister; daughter-in-law; Patsy Goodwin; one grandson and dearest friend, Leta Gerds.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside and Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sunnyside, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the Mabton Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to Lower Valley Hospice or American Cancer Society.