Leola Agnes Goodwin, 80 of Farhamville, passed away on April 15th surrounded by her husband and children at Joann’s Hospice House in Bonita Springs, Florida. A Celebration of Life will be on Friday May 5th at Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie, IA. Memorials can be left to the family or consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association @ www.act.alz.org.
Leola was born on February 17th, 1943 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The daughter of Ora and Odile (Hogan) Crotts, she attended St. Edmonds Catholic School. On November 28th, 1966, she was united in marriage to Dennis Goodwin in Omaha. Leola greatly enjoyed her job as a homemaker and was also the full time babysitter of her seven grandchildren. In every phase of her life, family was her priority. Her hobbies included puzzles, board games, card games, and shopping. She loved spending time with her family and friends.
People gravitated towards her carefree attitude and ability to laugh at herself, she was the focal point of every gathering. Her favorite thing was traveling south in the winter with her husband, where she much preferred the warm weather. Her husband ensured she would continue the tradition of traveling even as her Alzheimer’s progressed, a testament to his unconditional love for her.
Leola is survived by her beloved husband of 56 years, Dennis Goodwin; three children, Matt Goodwin, Jenny (Mike) Conrad, and Aimee Jackson; seven grandchildren, Murphy (Blake) Grotewold, Conner Conrad, Keegan Goodwin, Morgan (Trevor) Larson, Delaney Conrad, Lauren Jackson, and Mason Goodwin; one great-grandchild, Blake Larson; two siblings, Jeanne Mericle and David Crotts.
She was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers (Jerry, Tommy, Dennis, Darrell,
Dale, and Donnie).
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