Alma Theresa Goard

August 16, 1921June 7, 2018

Alma Theresa (Koopman) Goard

Alma Goard passed away on the evening of June 7th after a short stay in skilled nursing care. She had spent her final year with her son, Don, and his wife, Nancy, in Foresthill.

Alma was born into one of the pioneer families in the Pleasanton/Dublin area and was raised in Pleasanton, Sacramento, and Oakland. She attended Fremont and Oakland High Schools in Oakland. She met her husband, Chet, on a blind date. They married in 1942 and enjoyed life together until 1990 when Chet died as the result of an auto accident.

They were part of “The Greatest Generation”, having lived through the depression and WWII. They never felt that they needed a lot of worldly possessions to be happy. Their wealth was in their family and friends.

Chet served in the Army in France where he was wounded in action. Alma would recall that the “happiest day in her life” was when she heard that Chet had been wounded and was safe in a hospital in England.

Alma and Chet raised their family in San Lorenzo, California. In the early years, Alma was a bookkeeper, but she made the decision to leave work and become a full-time mother and homemaker. As the children got older, Alma returned to college and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and a teaching credential from Cal State Hayward in 1973. As part of her studies, she spent time with a family in Mexico. She also worked as a volunteer, teaching sign language to deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and “patterning” children with physical handicaps.

Chet retired from PG&E in 1977 and they moved to Auburn. In her retirement years Alma and a friend founded T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 1814 in Auburn. Even though she didn’t have a weight problem for many years, she remained a member of T.O.P.S. for the rest of her life. For years, Alma volunteered as an advocate with Sierra Foothills Aids Foundation, and she was one of the co-founders of New Faith United Church of Christ in Auburn.

Alma and Chet loved to travel. They took trips to Europe and Hawaii, and they traveled around the country in their motorhome.

Alma leaves her three children; Don (Nancy) of Foresthill, Linda (Kerrie) Nash of Isleton, and David (Joanne) of Folsom. She also leaves seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She will be buried next to Chet at New Auburn Cemetery.

The family thanks all the people and agencies that cared for Alma in her final months. Special thanks to Seniors First, Partners In Care, and Vitas Healthcare, all of Auburn, and to American Legion Post 587 in Foresthill, and Arbor Nursing Center in Lodi.

No immediate services are planned, but there will be a “celebration of life” later in the summer. Please visit the memory book at


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Margo Smith

July 9, 2018

I remember my Auntie Alma as far back as when Uncle Chet was in the Army. They lived on 42nd Ave in Oakland, just two doors down from my Auntie Myrtle and Uncle Tommy. She had a teaching degree in addition to raising three children. She and my uncle liked to travel, and she enjoyed doing the driving. Whenever she visited the Delta I always enjoyed seeing her and talking with her. She was a wonderful person and I had the utmost respect for her. Rest peacefully Auntie Alma.

Ellie Reno

June 14, 2018

Many thanks for your years of friendship Alma.👼

In 1998 you gave me a lovely bookmark and a wonderful note on the back.

I was reading a book recently, pulled out the bookmark, read the note, and smiled.

Shortly after that Carlene wrote and told me of your passing.

You were a great friend to me and I know your family in heaven welcomed you with open arms. What a great and happy reunion celebration for you. Blessings to your wonderful family for their love and care of you💞💞 💞...Ellie

Lisa Baker

June 13, 2018

So sorry to hear of Alma's passing. I've heard so many wonderful stories through Don (Thanks, Cuz!) and wish I'd had met her in person. She sounds like an amazing woman. My condolences to the family! Sending lots of love and prayers. Hugs!

Don Goard

June 13, 2018

This is on Mom and Dad's headstone-


Don Goard

June 13, 2018

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

Linda Nash

June 13, 2018

Thank you everyone for your love and support. I'm comforted by the belief that Mom is happily experiencing all those loved ones who passed before her, including her beloved pets, and I have no doubt she's watching over me right now and has my back--like always. I'll see you again, Mom. ♡ Linda

Melanie Larson

June 13, 2018

On Thursday, heaven gained a beautiful angel. My sweet Nana passed away. Looking back, I am so very grateful for the time I got to spend with her. Through my high school years, her house was my second home. After late nights out with friends, I'd often get dropped off there and would usually find her asleep in her chair. She'd wake up and I'd share with her what I had done that evening. I always had an extra toothbrush and set of PJs. In the morning, we'd share breakfast before I'd leave. During my college years, she was getting older and I was a broke student so she often asked me to help her with household chores in exchange for some pocket money. We shared some good conversations while making the beds and folding laundry. I would've done it for free, but she wouldn't hear of it. I feel so blessed that in her last few months, I got to rekindle that closeness. My parents became her care givers and occasionally I'd stay with her if they needed to go out. I saw with my own eyes, the circle of life closing in. I had the opportunity to serve her, as did my kids, and I will be forever grateful for that! I'm still in disbelief, it doesn't seem quite real. I had a dream about her last night and she was smiling and happy and excited for this new adventure. Love you Nana!

Don Goard

June 12, 2018

And thanks very, very much to Chapel of the Hills. They were perfect. Mom would think so, too.