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Memorial Service

Carroll Green Civic Center (Quitman)
Saturday March 6th, 2021

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Cynthia Goodwin

Cynthia Ann Goodwin (née Shergalis) was born February 28, 1947 and passed peacefully the morning of February 23, 2021, with her husband and much loved family around her. She is preceded in death by her mother, Geneva Shergalis, her father, Stanley Shergalis, her step-mother, Dorothy Riddick Shergalis, and her in-laws Reed and Christene Goodwin. She is now watching over her husband of 47 years, Gale Goodwin of Quitman, TX; her step-son Steven Goodwin and his wife Sandie Goodwin, of Scroggins, TX; her granddaughter Alison Soeder and her husband Jeremy Soeder; her grandson, Reed Goodwin, of Scroggins, TX; her sister Debbie Sevier and her husband Scott Sevier of Shreveport, LA; her sister Pamela Marange of Elm Grove, LA; her sister-in-law Joy-Dell Scheller and her husband Eddie Scheller, of Cordell Oklahoma; her nephews Daniel Sevier, Justin Sevier, and Walt Roberts and their families; her niece Gina Thain and family. Cindy graduated from Northeast Louisiana State College in 1968 with a degree in English and then from Southern Methodist University in 1973 with her Master’s degree in literature. She spent much of her life doing her favorite things; teaching and travelling. Cindy taught for 49 years starting first in Caddo Parish in Louisiana, then to Dallas, TX and then on to Goose Bay, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada before crossing the world to teach at the Yokota Air Force Base in Japan for 9 years with the American Department of Defense. While in Japan, Cindy and Gale opened and ran a small art gallery specializing in Japanese art and prints. It was here that she and Gale discovered Tadashi Nakayama, spurring a life-long love of his woodblock prints that blossomed into a collection spanning decades. In 1984, she and Gale finally came home to Texas, first to Plano where she taught at Vines High School for 16 years and then Quitman High School in Quitman where she taught for another 16 years. During all that time, she retired from teaching twice, never able to stay away from it long, and touched many lives. Her favorite saying, “isn’t education wonderful?” often exclaimed in the classroom or while discussing literature, is known to many and will live on after her, ringing in school hallways and captured between the pages of her favorite books. With her loving husband Gale and often accompanied by friends, family, or people caught up in her whirlwind energy, she travelled the world, loving to collect Christmas ornaments and bookmarks from her many adventures. Anyone familiar with the Goodwin house at Christmas knows about her many Christmas trees, her favorite ones being her “travel tree” and her “library tree”. A memorial service will be held on March 6th at the Carroll Green Civic Center (602 McAllister St, Quitman, TX 75783), starting at 1:00 pm. COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed. Gifts of flowers are welcomed and appreciated. Might we also suggest, though, in honor of her memory, consider buying yourself or someone you love a book, sit on the porch with a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, or take a trip to a new and exciting place. Be sure to splurge for the guided tours, and take lots of pictures. Always remember, the days are long, but the years are short. .

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The Goodwin were a power couple at Yokota High. I was challenged with giving my very best so we could put out great yearbooks by Mrs. Goodwin, and we lived up to it. Our yearbooks were some of the best! Of course we had to sell lots of hot dogs for those color pages, but we did it under her guidance. Rest in Peace, Cindy..Condolences to Gale and the family.
Nora Su (Kessel) Alvarado
Yokota High School '79

Nora Alvarado Mar 6 2021 12:00 AM

I too have special memories of the Godwins as a student of theirs in GooseBay, Labrador.
Im currently in India reading the sad news of Mrs Godwins passing. She was Far too young but from her life story written here I can see she lived a full and happy life. Its so nice to hear that the Goodwins shared so many wonderful moments together and inspired so many students as they continued to teach around the world.

Audrey Walden Mar 6 2021 12:00 AM

I met Ms Goodwin my Junior year in High School, 1976 there was an instant connection as she challenged me on introducing herself, that she there for the students - and she was there and then some, a remarkably true Pioneer in educating all she was involved with. I saw how genuine she remained in her spirited teaching methods over the next 4 decades.

God Bless Coach Gale Goodwin as we keep him and the family in our prayers now and always...a special thank you for all the conversations, photos and closeness Facebook provided the last decade.

Derek & Tracy Brown Mar 2 2021 12:00 AM

You will always hold a special place in the hearts of so many. I remain at a loss for words, but I will remain forever grateful that we were able to reconnect over the past few months.

Shelby Mora Mar 2 2021 12:00 AM

Cynthia never met a book, she did not LOVE ... she never met a child, she could not TEACH and improve their life .... she never met a challenge, she would not conquer ... she never met someone for the first time, that was not a FRIEND for life, .... AND she never met someone wtih a frown, that she could not make them smile and LAUGH ... A very unique gift from GOD to us ALL !!! The Walls - Glen, Chris & Linda

The Walls Family - Glen, Chris & Linda Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you for all the life lessons and English lessons! You made a difference in so many lives.

Chari Daignault Mar 1 2021 12:00 AM