Jocelyn "Jo" L. Goodwin, 94 of Grandview passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
Jo was born Sept. 7, 1917 in Tyler, Minn. to Arthur and Marie (Johnsen) Christensen.
Jo received her early education in Tyler, but completed her GED later in life.
In 1944 Jo enlisted in the U.S. Armed Services. She served in the WAC-AF at Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. There she served her country faithfully refueling planes used by the military from 1944 to 1946. Jo was very proud to serve her country, her uniform and other items have been put into a special display with other WAC-AF WWII historical memorabilia at the Museum in Yakima.
On March 19, 1947 she married Jack Goodwin in Glasgow, Mont. Jack and Jo were the first couple drawn in the Homestead Act of 1947 following WWII. The couple made their home north of Sunnyside on the Heart T. Bar Appaloosa Ranch. Together they farmed the new land raising potatoes, peppermint, spearmint, alfalfa seed and dill for oil. They also built a hatchery and raised thousands of goslings for weeding mint. They also started raising and showing appaloosa horses, owning nationally known bloodlines that won many ribbons and awards. They bred and raised a horse known as Super Jets, who still holds the two-year-old Appaloosa track world records. Super Jets was then sold to a movie company, ITC, and was cast as Silver in the Legend of the Lone Ranger. The Goodwin's showed horses at the Central Washington State Fair for 50 consecutive years.
Jo had a love for both horses and cats. She also enjoyed sewing, reading and above all her roses.
She was a member of the Lower Valley Elks Lodge #2112, life member of the VFW Post #3482, American Veterans Post #3773, the American Legion, numerous Appaloosa Clubs and the women's bowling league of Sunnyside since 1947. Jo was also a charter member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Sunnyside.
Jo is survived by her siblings, Milton Christensen of Mesa, Ariz., Marjorie Hewett of Redwood Falls, Minn., Pearl Kolve of Wisconsin, Allen Christensen of Winston, Ore. and Daniel Christensen of Grandview.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack Goodwin; and her siblings, Robert Christensen, Howard Christensen and Lucille Tisue.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.