Carmel Therese GOOSBY
July 22, 1925 – April 1, 2019
Carmel Therese Ligoure Goosby (“Gammie”), age 93, of Dallas, TX, while surrounded by family and friends, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at William P. Clements University Hospital of UT Southwestern University, Dallas, TX.
She was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, July 22, 1925, the only child to Ferdinand and Alice Cross Ligoure. She left the island she loved at the age of 14 and traveled to the United States with her mother. Having settled in New Orleans, LA., she attended both St. Mary’s Academy and Xavier University. While at Xavier she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., through the Beta Phi Chapter (currently the Epsilon Sigma Chapter). In1947, she graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology, a craft she loved and practiced, primarily in hospitals, for the next 43 years.
In 1949, she moved to St. Louis, MO., where she met and married the love of her life, William Douglas Goosby, a decorated World War II veteran, who was attending law school on the GI Bill. From there they moved to Denver, CO where their two sons were born. In 1959, they settled in Chicago, IL where she gave birth to her two daughters, remaining there until 2002. She then moved to Dallas, TX where she lived out the remainder of her days.
In her retirement, Carmel worked with several non-profit organizations. The one nearest and dearest to her heart was the Blind Services Association (BSA), which assists blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their personal and professional goals. In 2002, she was honored for having contributed over 750 hours of reading and recording books, textbooks, documents, etc., for their clients. Additionally, each month she supported dozens of religious, humanitarian, environmental and animal rescue charities whose causes she championed through prayers and contributions.
Over the last 60 years, she prayerfully worshipped at four Catholic parishes; Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes (Chicago, IL), Holy Family of Nazareth (Irving, TX) and finally Holy Spirit (Duncanville, TX). In these communities she met and fellowshipped with a number of parishioners who enriched her spiritual life greatly. She held them all dear to her heart.
Carmel was devoted to four pillars of her life; Our Lord Jesus Christ; His Blessed Mother, Mary; her family; and the Dallas Mavericks. These were evidenced as she always wore her scapular, rosary, mother’s ring and as many around town can attest to, her ever-present Maverick’s Championship Cap. Perhaps she’ll put in a good word for them.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Sr., daughter, Pamela, son, Kevin and Grandson, Nile. She leaves to mourn her, one son, William Jr., (Linda) of Chicago, daughters Cecile (Samuel) of Duncanville, TX and Paulette of West, IN; grandchildren, Carl, Sylvia, Melinda, Steven, Saneetra, Sean (Morgan), Andre and great-grandchildren, James, Ashley, Logan, Landon, Carmel, Lennox and Nathan as well as numerous extended family and friends.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord. And let your perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Services will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church. Visitors are welcome to attend any or all services.
Location: 2323 Cheyenne St (Esters and Hwy 183) Irving, TX 75062 972-252-5521
Rosary Recitation: 10:30 am – 11:00 am Visitation: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Mass of Christian Burial: 12:00pm – 1:00 pm Reception: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Carmel Therese GOOSBY
April 17, 2019
I know doctors are not supposed to have their favorites, but Mrs. Goosby was one of my favorites! It was my distinct honor and privilege to be her doctor for several years, and I have missed her since leaving Dallas. It would make my day when she was on my clinic calendar to be seen. Gratefulness to Cecile for all of her wonderful care of her mother, enabling Mrs. Goosby to have great quality of life for her last years. I can't watch a basketball game with the Mavericks playing and not think of her and her love for basketball. She made me laugh often-- like her demand to ride a bike that Nola recounts below and her joy and spirit. Her grace and compassion were evident, and free flowing. I wish her peace and know there is a special place in Heaven for her. I wish I was still in Dallas to attend her funeral but she and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 17, 2019
I remember when your Mom was seeing Dr Amit Shah and she was going to Trinidad to visit and wanted to ride a bicycle like she did as a young girl. Cecile was worried about her and Dr Shah states " Let her ride the bike. It will be a great memory". You were a true blessing to your Mom and took care of her every need. We will miss her.
April 17, 2019
I first met mother carmel therese goosby during the time of one of her birthdays and we hit it off like we had known each other forever. we enjoyed laughing and talking about what a blessing for us to still be alive. mother goosby love to dance and boy could she ever do it she was very light on her feet and to day when I think of her I think of her dancing and her beauty. she now will be able to dance with the angels in heaven. to the family of my dearest friend and sister in Christ cecil evans and the entire family to be not dismayed for our heavenly father watches over you, about you and love you so much. I am always here for you to laugh and cry with when there is a need. I pray that God will continue to bless and keep you and the family.
April 14, 2019
I can say that Mrs. Goosby was an awesome lady. I remember how Cecile and I would share some of the funny things our mothers did. They were within the same age group OMG, it was as if they were in contact with one another and did the same things.. I know she is happy in the arms of The Almighty God. Please be comforted that God has been so good that she has allowed HER to be in your life. She could have been given to anyone else; but God chose her to be your mother; what a beautiful gift to have someone who is so special. Be encouraged my friend. You did such a wonderful job in taking care of HER, and The Lord is pleased with YOU. We thank The Good Lord for being so good. Be blessed in The Lord.
Love you, Anita
April 13, 2019
My favorite memory is the day I found the ships log with Carmel’s name on the passenger list. I couldn’t wait to give it to Cecile. Just one of many stories I’ve been so fortunate to hear. Carmel was so loved by those around her. What a beautiful family you have who shows Gods love to each other. An example for all to see and learn from. Thank you for allowing me to be in your lives and Carmel in yours so lovingly. Love and prayers to your family, Daion.
April 10, 2019
I remember how Mother Goosby would always encourage me to do my absolute best.
She was like a second parent for me when she resided in Chicago. She would always advise Kevin and I to be careful and mindful of how we conducted ourselves whenever we would leave from their home. I shall forever remember Mother Goosby’s loving ways!