Gloucester – Marilyn H. Goodwin, 93, of Gloucester, Mass., wife of the late William W. Goodwin, passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a brief illness. Marilyn was born in Gloucester, Mass., on June 25, 1924, the daughter of the late Daniel James and Mary (Roderick) McDonald.
Marilyn graduated from Gloucester High School, class of 1942. She was an excellent student, graduating in the top 10 of her class and earning a Sawyer Medal and also the Spanish Book Prize. After graduating Marilyn went to work for Lepages and then for the city of Gloucester in the water department. She worked there for eight years until she got married and became a mother. Marilyn was active in the Eastern Avenue PTA and a team mother for the Little League Braves. Marilyn helped run William W. Goodwin Plumbing and Heating for several years until the death of her husband. She then went back to work for the city of Gloucester in the treasurer’s office, and became the city’s assistant treasurer and had a brief stint as acting treasurer, before her retirement. In retirement Marilyn enjoyed extensive travel throughout the country. Her best trips were to her grandparents’ homelands of Scotland and the Azores. Marilyn prided herself in her ability to speak Portuguese when she visited Portugal and the Azores. She took great pride in her Portuguese heritage and was extremely proud of her fishing family’s heritage, her family’s boat the Manuel F. Roderick, and contributions to the Lady of Good Voyage Church, and the window that carries her grandparents’ name. Her best times were with her family. She loved to go to see her grandchildren participate in all levels of sports and other school activities, and she loved the family holiday gatherings. Marilyn and her husband hosted an annual Christmas night family party, that was highly anticipated by the extended family and usually lasted until very late in the night. Her most recent joys were the births of her three great-granddaughters. She would light up when they came for a visit. She is survived by her son William J. and daughter-in-law Deborah Goodwin; grandsons Daniel (Kari), Michael (Marissa), and Kyle (Sarah); and her three granddaughters, Cami, Kenzie, and Callie. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Marilyn was predeceased by her husband William W., two brothers-in-law and six sisters-in law.
Marilyn’s family would like to thank Dr. Jouhourian’s office, the staff at Addison Gilbert Hospital, and the staff at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation. The family would especially like to thank Judy Karvelas, Eileen Tebo, and Jane Muise for their extraordinary care they gave Marilyn in the last months of her life.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Marilyn Goodwin Scholarship Fund, c/o Robert Gillis, Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
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