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Mary Ellen Goodwin

Mary Ellen Goodwin

Mary Ellen Goodwin

Mary Ellen Goodwin, 79, of Amarillo died Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Services will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Scott Johnson officiating.  Burial will be at 3:00 p.m., Friday, October 19, 2018, at Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Midland.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary Ellen Abernathy was born April 15, 1939, to Bernice and Alvin Abernathy.  She was raised on a farm in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.  She graduated from Pauls Valley High School.  After graduation, she began her career as a dental assistant, and moved to Odessa, Texas.  She was a Christian and grew up Church of Christ.  She had Julie and they became an immediate team.  She began working for Dr. Berkley Craig as his assistant and would continue to work for him for over 25 years, eventually running his dental office for him.  Cecil Goodwin married her and Julie both on February 29, 1972.   Her favorite thing to say was that there is no telling where she would be if it weren’t for Cecil.  He was the most patient man, and she loved to think she bossed him around.   They were married for 35 years.  Cecil passed away in August 2010.

She was the best cook.  She loved to cook and entertain their friends.  They had many trips with their best friends Kenneth and Rita Hurst.  Rita and Mary were always cooking things and baking and decorating cakes.  She was the biggest penny pincher that you have seen, but had the most giving heart to help with cooking and doing things for her friends when anyone was in need.

She was an immaculate seamstress and she loved making clothes and sewing.  One of her favorite things was making lunches for Julie and her friends and loved having everyone at her house to feed them.  There wasn’t ever a time that she didn’t ask anyone that came through her door if they were hungry or needed something to drink.  Then Madalyn Ann Pepper was born. And Mary Goodwin thought that the child could walk on water.   As Madalyn grew, Mary’s heart grew bigger and bigger.  She would come to visit almost every few weeks and they would cook and hangout at their favorite place, Chuck E. Cheese’s.  One time on one of Mary’s trips to Amarillo they may have or have not gone to Chuck E. Cheese’s at least 10 times.  Madalyn and Chuck E.  had plenty of black and white pictures in Chuck’s car to prove it.  As time went on, Cecil developed Alzheimer’s.  There was never one blink of an eye that Mary would not ever think about not caring for him at home.  She would put him in the car and she would take him anywhere she went.  Cecil had many lunches and luncheons with the ladies.  She cared for him better than anyone ever could at home until he passed away.  They were very happily married for 35 years.  After Cecil’s death, she met her dear friend Cy Cypert and she loved to cook and care for him.  He was a great companion, and they took care of each other and loved their time together.  Some of Mary’s favorite things were:
Canning all sorts of jelly and veggies for herself and friends
Growing tomato plants
Going to Sams
Drinking hot tea
Collecting more dishes than anyone could ever imagine
Making cakes and cookies for everyone at the holidays
Talking about food
More food

She was by far the sassiest, bossiest but the most caring lady who loved her family. Her very favorite song was Amazing Grace. She loved the Lord. She loved her girls and she will be missed.


  • Retha Olson Posted October 13, 2018 11:14 am

    Julie you sweet mom was a beautiful ladie! So sorry for your loss. I know that you and Madalyn wil. miss her so much! Love you! Retha

  • Dana Ashton Posted October 13, 2018 8:31 pm

    We loved your mom’s “story”. It totally encompassed a beautiful life well lived. We will certainly miss her.
    Love, Dana and Michael

  • Rita hurst Posted October 19, 2018 3:19 pm

    The obit captured the essence of m
    arys life. We were best friends for 55 years. Although we were separated in distance, we would fly to Amarillo for visits and haircuts. A big chapter of our lives has closed, but not forgotten. We loved her.

  • Lynne Wood Posted October 29, 2018 11:21 am

    I was honored to know Mary while she attended and served at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Always caring and taking care were her special gifts that she shared with our church family. May God’s peace fill you with joy as you remember Mary!

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