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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Nancy Jo Goodwin

May 4, 1947June 19, 2020
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Nan Irwin Goodwin

Nancy Jo "Nan" Irwin Goodwin, Cypress, Texas, 73, passed away on June 19, 2020 after a long struggle against a progressively debilitating disease, which she matched with dignity, courage, and an exuberant will to live. Born in Onawa, Iowa on May 4, 1947, to William and Evelyn Jo Irwin, she graduated from West Monona High School in 1965. She was active in many school and extra-curricular activities: teaching baton twirling and performing as a majorette, playing the flute, cheerleader, acting in plays, declam competition where she received numerous "firsts "in regional and state competitions over four years, and Rainbow Worthy Advisor. She attended the University of Northern Colorado, and married Steven Kuehl of Blencoe, Iowa. In 1990 she married Richard "Dick" Goodwin, and enjoyed living in Singapore for several years where her husband was an engineer for an international company. Nan was a skilled accountant and business manager and continued working in spite of increasing disability. She was a longtime treasurer of a business investment group. Nan was known for her kindness, caring spirit, conscientious attention to detail, and executive skills in planning and organization. In her busy life she found time for volunteering to support developmentally disabled adults. She will be greatly missed by her many friends who valued her for her buoyant sense of humor and impish behavior. She was known for throwing marvelous parties where she kept everyone laughing by her jokes, pranks and hijinks. Nan was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Jo Irwin and Jeanne Shol Irwin, and her husband, Dick Goodwin. She is survived by her son, Tony Kuehl and beloved granddaughter, Kenzie Kuehl, Houston, Texas; Shara Brown, Houston, Texas; siblings Oliver Irwin, Vancouver, Canada; John Irwin, Phoenix, Arizona; Sally Irwin Kirkeby, Houston, Texas; and nephew, Colin Kirkeby, Houston, Texas.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Epiphany Lutheran Church located at 14423 West Road, Houston, TX

A graveside service will take place at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079 on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Bob Gibson

July 2, 2020

To all family and friends of Nan. Marisol and I send our sincere sadness to y'all for the passing of Nan. All comments made about her have been of the fun, support and happiness she brought and gave to so many. We know all of you that we are close to, will carry her memory with us. Some great expressions will always be heard and each of us will attach them to only......Nan.💖

John Maule

July 1, 2020

I am so sad that Covid19 kept us from coming to Texas to see you again this year. I am so going to miss the calls and emails. I am so going to miss you.

Linda Laskowski

July 1, 2020

You lived your life to the fullest which was a gift to your family.
May God wrap his loving arms around your family and friends as they grieve the loss of your life.
You fought hard now its time for rest 🌸

Talia Sherrard

July 1, 2020

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

I'm lucky to have so much to smile about from such fond memories and experiences with you over my entire life! I will cherish all the times from the TY Beanies and learning how to ride for the 4th July parade, right through to late night drinks and investment advice.

Thank you for always being there, helping me grow up and always providing a safe and loving place to stay.

I will check in on Goosey whenever I visit and make sure Kenzie is keeping up with changing duties.

Will love you always!

Shara Brown

June 29, 2020

It was one of my greatest pleasures getting to share the last 14 years with you. You were one of my biggest fans, and I yours. You became everything to me, that I never knew I needed. You were one of the strongest, loving… and to be quite honest one of the most stubborn woman I’ve ever known that left me aspiring to be more like you. You made me laugh, even on your worst days... You never lost your sense of humor or your fight, you were a real force to be reckoned with. I am truly honored that my children got the opportunity to be influenced by you.

You were an amazing mother, Nana, sister, friend, role model and mother-in-law. It’s rare to find a daughter-in-law who will sing the praises of her mother-in-law, but all those common jokes never applied to us. You were the best mother-in-law a girl could want and graciously welcomed me into your family and enriched my life in countless ways. I could've spent forever getting in trouble with you.

It's hard to imagine what life is going to be like without you. There will forever be a special place in my heart for you and I'll miss you tremendously.

Jane Rau

June 27, 2020

I will so much miss laughing with you until our sides hurt! So many other things: your infectious mischievous smile, your unconditional love, and your perpetual positive attitude. What a gift and and honor to call you "friend." I am so grateful to have had you in my life. You will be missed by many...

Mandy Sherrard

June 26, 2020

You will always be the sister of my soul, the friend of my heart. You came and never left my side. You’re gone and never told us how to go on without you. Love you always x

Bonnie Wright

June 24, 2020

Omg Nan, the fun we had over the years in Singapore. I can never forget meeting you the first time in Singapore and we were at the front door of a party, you asked me to carry your appy you brought because you didn’t want anybody to know you made it. Your cooking skills were 500 degrees in 5 minutes philosophy. Loved it and loved you my friend. The last time I saw you was in the liquor store- go figure. We talked about getting together soon, but life went by so fast and now you’re gone. Love you my friend ❤️ I will hold you in my heart forever.

Barbara Freeman

June 24, 2020

Nan you will be missed. I remember you coming into the bank so many times and we would have great conversations. One time you brought me back a Surprise from one of your travels out of the country. I know Tony loved you with all his heart! May you Rest In Peace!
Love ya Barbara Freeman

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