Posted 7/11/17 (Tue)
Jeanne Rae Goddard, of York Valley, Ariz., formerly of rural Watford City, N.D., passed away at her home in York Valley June 13, 2017, with her husband attending her after a long struggle with cancer.
Jeanne died peacefully in her sleep after a short time of being confined to her bed. She was a gallant fighter with a noble spirit and had a good attitude to the very end.
Jeanne was born on December 31, 1951, in Trenton, N.J. to Calvin and Bess Hartz of Whiting, N.J. She lived there through her high school years and was active in her church and youth groups singing and playing piano. She then went on to Fla. Bible College in Hollywood, Fla. Jeanne was interested and involved in health foods and supplements from an early age and was employed by that industry for a time. Later on she worked for ophthalmologists where she became intrigued with helping people with eye problems. In 1982, she left this phase of her life when she met and married Jeff Goddard of rural Watford City. After ranching for some years and raising their family they moved around the country doing property management. After she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Paget’s disease they retired to Ariz. Jeanne was strong in her Christian faith and was adamant on her stand concerning the highest standard of English Bible, the AKJV of 1611. She loved words and word studies. She loved good gospel music and was an accomplished pianist and singer as well as a hobby violinist.
She was preceded in death by her son, Aaron Goddard.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Jeff Goddard; a daughter and son-in-law Laura and Marcos Reyes; a son and daughter-in-law Jeremy and Christy Goddard; two brother-in-laws Chephas Goddard and wife Carol, and David Goddard; as well as several grandchildren and one great grandchild; her sister and brother-in-law Judy and Kurt Cherry; brother Kenneth Hartz; several nieces and nephews. She had numerous other relatives and friends.
We thank God she is now in the very best place possible with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. “She knew whom she believed in and that He is able to keep that which she has committed to Him against that day.”
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Watford City Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. with internment of cremains to follow.