Obituaries 5-9

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

Raynell Free Goodwin

Mrs. Raynell Free Goodwin, 86, passed away May 7, 2013. She was born March 4, 1927, in Elba, Ala. to Dan and Vonnie Fillingim Free.

Mrs. Goodwin was married on April 30, 1944, to Harold Goodwin in DeFuniak Springs. She retired from Purdue Farms, where she held numerous positions. Earlier in her life, pastimes included fishing and floundering in the Choctawhatchee Bay and sunbathing as a pioneer on Seagrove Beach with friends and family.

 As a retiree, she never slowed down or stopped working. She and her dear friend, Versie Ard, helped in the community, and shopped a lot together. She was a caretaker of those in need, and her most treasured moments were spent with her grandchildren, especially her three great =-grandchildren. She never missed an opportunity to go and do with her many friends especially, Versie and Ross Dannelley. Drinking coffee at McDonald’s with Sue Stone and watching others was a weekly activity.

“Momo,” as her family called her, was a treasured gift from God. She always kept you on your toes and let her opinions be well known. She was always willing to host holiday meals and family gatherings in her home. She was a kind, Godly woman who thoroughly enjoyed life and all the opportunities that came her way.

Mrs. Goodwin was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Harold Goodwin; two children; granddaughter,, Carrie Herring; sister, Hazel Pelham; foster son, Emory Holley; her in-laws, Edna and Elmer Goodwin; sister-in-law, Doris Sutton; and brother-in-law, Delmer Rushing.

Mrs. Goodwin is survived by her daughter, Jackie Herring, her husband Steve of the Cluster Spring Community; sister, Sarah Day, her husband Earl of Seagrove B,each; sister in-law, Jewel Rushing of DeFuniak Springs; grandchildren  Carla King, her husband Niles of Freeport and Daniel Herring, wife Wendy of Dothan, Ala.; great-grandchildren, Niles King III, Samuel Herring, Courtney Herring; foster grandchildren, Ann Glass and Mary Kelly; foster daughter-in-law, Mary Holley and foster great-grandchildren, Blaze and Emory.

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