Mrs. Priscilla Crow Goodwin, 79, died Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
She was born at home on May 25, 1938, in College Park, Georgia, to the late Tinnie Walden Crow (her father, originally from the rural tracts of the Upper Oconee River basin, Oconee County, Georgia) and the late Mary Patrick Crow (her mother, originally from Gratis Community of Monroe, Georgia). She was preceded in death by her parents and her younger sister, Judith Crow Wells of Lincolnton, Georgia, and survived by her older sister Rosemary Crow Hunter of Lilburn, Georgia. Mrs. Goodwin was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, affectionately known by her adoring grandchildren as "Mommadear." Priscilla Crow and Lewis Roland Goodwin (originally from Sanford, NC) were wedded on July 8, 1961, at Hill Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia. Priscilla and Lewis spent their early married years on the Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, South Carolina, and then at the US Air Base outside of Bitburg, Germany. The couple later established their new family in Fayetteville, North Carolina; relocating for an extended period to the Ohio River Valley community of Vienna, West Virginia, to raise their two children (both graduates of Parkersburg High School, Wood County, WV); and eventually returning to Fayetteville in 1987, to settle in the community of Van Story Hills. In her high school years, Priscilla Crow was a member of the elite Girls Drum and Bugle Corps, Monroe High School, Monroe, Georgia; then, with her family having moved to Augusta, her junior year, she attended and graduated from Richmond Academy, where she achieved great success as first chair drummer, including a senior year win of a blue ribbon with the Georgia high school All-State Band. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia (where she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha women's fraternity, known for its broad goals to instill in its members nobility, integrity, and a commitment to high personal standards), later earning a postgraduate degree from Ohio University, enabling her to pursue a life-long career as a Registered Dietitian, first at the Union Mission Ministries Meals on Wheels outreach program (Parkersburg, WV), and later at the Fayetteville Kidney Center, from which she retired in February 2007.
Shortly thereafter, husband Lewis retired, as well, and the couple spent the next decade together, at home, rising, dining, and closing each day in their home of 30 years, at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, with caring and helpful neighbors It was with great dedication and force of will that Lewis developed a routine of traveling to Scottsdale, Arizona, into the welcoming arms of their daughter, Kim, and their beloved (truly) son-in-law, Jeff Morander. Such trips were extended, often a month or more at a time, with Lewis delivering Priscilla back to North Carolina as often as needed for medical appointments and other obligations of housekeeping necessary to maintain the Fayetteville homestead. In this manner, two homes were established for Priscilla, which facilitated a degree of contact with the nuclear family that would not have otherwise been possible for someone so late in years and so frail in health. The respites in Scottsdale were frequently punctuated with visits from the two elder granddaughters, Sara Elane and Mary Katherine (Kate), the two of whom had taken the personal decision to establish residence for their young adulthood in nearby Phoenix: Kate as a first-year undergraduate enrolled at Arizona State University, and Sara, as a new college graduate, establishing employment and residence in Phoenix that allowed nearly weekly visits to the Morander home in Scottsdale. So, too, did the Scottsdale home provide happy and soulful destination for son Mark to participate in the twilight years of his parents, Priscilla and Lewis, alongside his grown daughters and his niece; this was a pattern for several years, then that home of Kim and Jeff and their daughter, Madelyne, was the single destination for holiday celebration, birthdays, and vacations. Through this opportunity afforded by the careful planning of daughter Kim and Son-in-law Jeff, in coordination with tireless efforts of Lewis, this wife/mother/grandmother/matriarch Priscilla became a focus of love and adoration that surely improved her quality of life in these last years, despite the progressive decline into Alzheimer dementia. Priscilla touched the lives of her kin so much more deeply than ever would have been possible otherwise, simply because Lewis fostered this gentle immersion in the daily life of their children and grandchildren. The depth of sorrow at her passing is matched only by the peaceful grace provided to us through our memories of Priscilla.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Lewis Roland Goodwin (known affectionately to his grandchildren as "Pop-pop"); son, Mark Lewis Goodwin of Silver Spring, Maryland; daughter, Kim Goodwin Morander and husband, Jeffrey Allen of Scottsdale, Arizona; and three grandchildren, Sara Elane Goodwin of Carmel, Indiana, Mary Katherine Goodwin of Frederick, Maryland; and Madelyne Grace Morander of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Priscilla was a member of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
In her memory, on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, the family will receive visitors and friends from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm in the gathering hall of the church; the funeral services will follow in the main sanctuary at 1:00 PM.