Posted 9/23/09 (Wed)
Alice Louise Goodall, 91, New Town, died Sunday Sept. 13, 2009, in the Watford City hospital. Alice was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Max, N.D., the daughter of James and Louise (Watterberg) Sullivan. She was raised in western North Dakota and graduated from Sanish High School on July 15, 1936
Alice was united in marriage to Francis Goodall in Stanley. They made their living ranching on the Goodall ranch near Sanish.
In 1954, they moved to Beulah when the Garrison Dam Project forced them off their ranch. In 1956, the family returned to McKenzie County and relocated their ranch on Antelope Creek. Alice and Francis retired from ranching in 1979. They then moved into New Town and turned the ranching operation over to their daughter, Joanne, and her husband, Darrel Quale.
Throughout her life, Alice was a dedicated ranch wife, mother and grandmother. She always raised a big garden and enjoyed cooking, feeding and entertaining family, friends and neighbors.
She also enjoyed picking berries and wildflowers, making jams and jellies and was an exceptional bread and bun maker.
Alice cherished special times with her family: teaching the kids to swim in the Missouri River, going on picnics and having an annual Easter egg hunt for her grandchildren.
Because Francis was a pilot, Alice learned to fly and proved to be an excellent navigator for him.
Alice was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and its Altar Society, the North Dakota Cattle Woman’s Association and the New Town Library Guild.
Alice is survived by her sons, Robert “Bob” of Anaheim, Calif., and Steve “Butch” (Patti), of Dickinson; daughters, Joanne Quale (Darrel), of New Town, Anne Stout (Glenn), of Anchorage, Alaska, and Mary Lou Goodall, of Williston. Grandchildren: Mike Murray, Wade Murray, Steve Murray, Dan Murray, Glenn Murray, Ginger Goodall, Chuck Quale, Scott Quale, Dean Goodall, Shawn Goodall, Chad Goodall, Lisa Shymanski, Travis Murray, Anita Stout and Anthony Stout; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Roger Sullivan(Elna), of Rexburg, Idaho; sisters, Doris Chiasson of Thibodaux, La., and Ruth Ward of Gretna, La.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis, who died on Oct. 27, 2000; daughter, Jeanne Murray; brother, John Sullivan and sister, Molly Watts.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town. Rosary was recited on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church, New Town. Interment was in the Sanish Riverview Cemetery, New Town. Online condolences may be sent to www.langhansfuneralhome.com.