OBITUARY

Marilyn Goodin

December 20, 1940June 14, 2020

Marilyn Goodin, 79, of Abilene passed away beautifully and peacefully on June 14, 2020 of an unexpected brain hemorrhage. Services celebrating her life will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 12:00 Noon in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas with Mike Greenfield officiating. Burial will follow in Texas State Veterans Cemetery at 2:00 PM under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 precautions no visitation will be held the evening before. Marilyn was born on December 20, 1940 in Haskell, TX an early Christmas gift to her parents the late Lamar and Addie Ruth (Smith) Searcey. She graduated from Benjamin High School in 1959. Marilyn went on to attend Hardin-Simmons University where she was a White Horse Rider and Rodeo Queen. She married the love of her life Jeff Goodin, who she met at Hardin-Simmons on June 10, 1961 in Benjamin, Texas. Together they raised their three daughters and established roots in Abilene. In 1980 Marilyn began a career with Senter Realtors. She was a faithful and Christian member of First Baptist Church where she was actively involved in Sunday School. She was also a member and Past President Abilene Board of Realtors, Hardin Simmons University Alumni Association, former board member of Fairway Oaks Country Club, former president and member of Abilene Ladies’ Golf Association, member of Ladies’ Tennis Club 4.0 at the Abilene Country Club. Marilyn and Jeff celebrated their marriage of 59 years on June 10th. Their love and relationship was admired by many as an example of true love, they fiercely loved each other with an unmeasurable dedication. Some of her favorite things to do were spending time with husband, Jeff, daughters, grandchildren and great granddaughter. Family was the most important part of her life. Marilyn is known for remembering important dates and always giving gifts, letters and cards. She loved Jesus, Christmas, tennis, shopping, her friends, social groups and traveling buddies, high school and college friends. Marilyn was mischievous in her own sweet, subtle way and she loved practical jokes. Proceeded in death by her parents, brother Wayne Searcey and stepbrother Ronald Griffith. Survived by her husband Jeff, Daughters: Darla Davis and husband Kenny from Midland, TX, Lyn Jones and husband Scott from Kingwood, TX, Leanne Bevins and husband Ken from Round Rock, TX; grandchildren Jeff Wilkerson, Cameron Jones and wife Hannah, Jordan Jones and wife Morgan, Kaylee Bevins, Addison Bevins, Kennedy Bevins; 1 great granddaughter, Ruth Jones; her brother Marty Griffith; and Stepbrothers Louis Griffith and Charles Griffith.

Memorial Contributions in Marilyn's name can be made to the Jeff and Marilyn Goodin Golf Endowment at Hardin-Simmons University.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Burial

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Memories

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Cal Sanford

June 20, 2020

Jeff, My deepest thoughts are with you. Thanks for the memories. With Love, Cal Sanford "The Clock Doc" retired.

Bubba Klostermann

June 17, 2020

Jeff, I am sorry to hear the news about Marilyn. I was unable to attend the service today with some of the other WTRC Adult Therapy staff due to being in Colorado for my Mother in law’s funeral. You and Marilyn have been very inspirational to all of us. We loved her humor, frequent treats and gifts , but most of all We all appreciated your dedication to participate in her recovery process. You were a great TEAM. We appreciate all you did for her. We mourn with you. We are all better people by getting to know you both. We love you. Come see us if you get a chance. You and your girls and their families are in our thoughts and prayers

Robert, Lou, and Zach Briley

June 17, 2020

Dear Jeff, Darla, Lyn, and Leanne,
Our family wishes to express our sadness, concern, and love for all of you. We admired Marilyn in every way , but especially because she was always so engaged and constantly reaching out to everyone around her. She was always asking about Zach and his health .... every Sunday after church service. You have a beautiful family and a wonderful legacy in Marilyn, to inspire you. We will always remember her too. She is a perfect example of
a fine Christian wife, mother, and friend.
Our love to all of you. Robert, Lou, and Zach.

Phil & Connie Watkins

June 16, 2020

We were so sorry to hear that Marilyn passed away. She was such a sweet lady that loved living life. We really got to know Marilyn when we were neighbors on Ligustrum where our kids grew up. A few years later, Phil worked with Marilyn at Senter Realtors. He said she was always happy and enjoyed what she did. While shopping at the Mall, we would see Marilyn getting her exercise walk in. She always asked about our family & we would talk about our kids and places you all vacationed together. We know you will miss Marilyn and will have many wonderful memories to cherish. God Bless You All. 🙏🙏
Sincerely,
Phil & Connie Watkins

Joann Dycus

June 16, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss, always remember Marilyn as having a smile on her face and being such a lovely person to be around. Enjoyed the years that I worked with her in the past, she was a pleasure to work with in the Real Estate business. Just hope you find some comfort in the knowledge that their are a lot of people that care and remember her fondly. Blessing to the whole family. Joann Dycus

Elliott Hamil Funeral Home

June 15, 2020

The entire staff of Elliott-Hamil Funeral extends sincere condlences to the family and friends of Mrs. Goodin.

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