Helena M. Goodwin of Trumansburg passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the age of 89.
Born in Enfield on June 17, 1931, Helena was the daughter of the Howard and Minnie (Whitaker) Holley. Helena worked for many years as a bookkeeper before transitioning to be a daycare provider for many years.
Helena will always be remembered for being a staple at family gatherings and reunions, often where her famous mac & cheese could be enjoyed. She loved chocolate, working in her garden beds, and writing poetry. Helena always loved a good lunch outing with family.
Helena is survived by her four children, Gary (Sandra) Goodwin, Bonnie (Barry) Smith, Michael (Kimberlee) Goodwin, and Susanna Goodwin; her brother, Robert (Linda) Holley; grandchildren, Shelly Goodwin, Keith Goodwin, Kristy Goodwin, Kerri (Corey) Everhart-Mount, Katie (Nick) Everhart, Koby Everhart, Melissa (Kevin) Custer, Taryn (Branigan) Donahue, Jessi , and Michael French, Rick and Rob (April) Smith ; 16 great-grandchildren; John Everhart (Roxi) ; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years John “Bill” Goodwin in 2012; parents; and eight siblings, Francis (Peggy) Holley, Raymond (Virginia) Holley, Richard (Marilyn) Holley, Harlond (Ester, Faye) Holley, Margaret (Jared) Rumsey, Mildred (Orville) Rumsey, Marion (Carl) Lovelace and Doris (Francis) Oakley.
The family will be present to receive friends from 11:00 to 12:00 pm on Tuesday, April 13 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Trumansburg. Funeral Services will begin at 12:00pm, at the funeral home, following calling hours. Prayers of committal will immediately follow in Enfield Christian Cemetery.
The family asks those who wish to make a contribution in Helena’s memory to kindly St. Jude’s ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204.
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