Sending our love and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. You were so blessed to have such a dynamic woman in your lives and she was so blessed to have such a wonderful and loving family. May your memories comfort you and may God continue to bless you!
I loved taking care of Mary Jane. When she was first admitted to Horizons over early spring in Room 167 she would get on to me for getting on to her to do right. She would call me “mom”. Said I acted like her mom.
I remember her always outgoing with activities during her stay , I can only imagine that she was also so outgoing throughout her life.
She will be missed.
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Mary Jane Goodman, 80, passed away surrounded by family on October 26, 2018 in Valparaiso, IN. She was born November 3, 1937 in Mattoon, IL to Lee and Lillian Wooldridge.
Mary Jane is survived by her husband of 61 years Raymond “Bud” Goodman, her children Stephanie (David) Ritter, Gail (Mark) Mayer, and Robert “Rob” (Linda) Goodman, her grandchildren Amy, Nathan, and Trenton Goodman, Adrienne (Dave) Mathews, Lindsey (Mark) Robbins, Adam (Jessica) Mayer, Kearstyn (Michael) Weber, Myranda Ritter, 6 great-grandchildren, and siblings Tom (Beth) Wooldridge, Barbara Fowler, Merna Board, and Peggy Odom.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Lillian Wooldridge, her sister-in-law Sally Wooldridge, and her brother Jim Wooldridge.
Mary Jane was a spitfire and a social butterfly. She had so much love for everyone and she would put her heart into everything she made. Mary Jane was an amazing artist. Her family loved her unique gifts such as jewelry, needle-point, coloring, and sewing. She enjoyed pouring her heart into designing many dresses and costumes for her children and grandchildren. When thinking about her, her children said, “Mom we know your wings are shining brightly in Heaven and we know you are working on jazzing them up even more.”
Mary Jane was a member of Red Hat Ladies, Vanderburgh County Homemakers, and the Lapidarian Society. She was also a docent for the Mesker Park Zoo. She loved all exotic animals and birds and was very passionate about nature and the environment.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, November 1st from 4-7 p.m. at Graceland Cemetery. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 2nd at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at Graceland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Bethlehem United Church of Christ or Mesker Park Zoo.
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