Donna Maxine <I>Smith</I> Geyer Goddard

Donna Maxine Smith Geyer Goddard

Birth
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 18 Aug 1998 (aged 88)
Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
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Donna Geyer Goddard, educator and writer, formerly of Denver, died Tuesday morning at her home in Santa Fe. She was 88.

Mrs. Goddard had suffered a stroke a week before her death.

In Denver, Mrs. Goddard was known as an outstanding English teacher at Manual High School. She inspired a number of poor scholars to take an interest in writing and to do some unusual creative work.

She was a free-lance writer whose work was published in such magazines as Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, McCall's and Woman's Home Companion.

Mrs. Goddard was born in Denver on March 29, 1910. She graduated from South High School and the University of Denver, where she majored in education, reasoning that a teacher might find employment during the Depression years more easily than others.

Her first teaching job was at the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, where she met Warren Geyer, a chemistry teacher. They were married in 1935 and moved to Denver, where they both taught in the Denver Public Schools.

Warren Geyer died in an explosion in 1953, when he and his teen-age son, David, were experimenting with a homemade rocket on the Colorado plains. David Geyer, now of Scottsdale, Ariz., was badly injured.

A few months before, their son, Hugh Francis, 6, died of a respiratory ailment one evening when his parents had gone out and left him with a baby sitter.

''It was almost more than my mother could stand - those two deaths coming so close together,'' said a daughter, Pamela Geyer of Santa Fe. ''She had been doing well as a free-lance writer, but her sorrow was so great she quit writing entirely for several years.''

When Mrs. Goddard resumed writing, she did it whole-heartedly. She was a member of the Colorado Authors League and the Denver Woman's Press Club.

One of her articles, written for the feature ''My Best Travel Memory,'' then running in the Rocky Mountain News, was reprinted by the Readers Digest. In it, she described her first visit to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

''I cried when I wrote it,'' Mrs. Goddard said later. Many who read it also cried.

In 1977, Mrs. Goddard married Kermit Goddard, retired owner of the Shasta Hotel in downtown Denver. They met on a trip to the Far East.

About a year after their marriage, they moved to Santa Fe, where they took an active interest in the area's culture and native life.

''But my mother never forgot about the underdogs,'' Pamela Geyer said. ''She was always adopting strays, whether they were stray animals or stray people. She was a generous benefactor, and the strays always could find refuge with her.''

Mrs. Goddard also is survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will begin at noon Monday in the McGee Mortuary in Santa Fe. The body has been cremated.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society.

Source: Published in the Denver Post in Denver, CO on August 20, 1998.

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Donna Geyer Goddard died peacefully at home on August 18, 1998 after an illness of several years. Born to Hugh Irwin Smith andDonna Florence Heister on March 29, 1910 in Denver, Colorado, she graduated from Denver University with a Master's Degree in1933 and began her teaching career on the Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. There she met Warren Frances Geyer, also a teacher, whom she married in 1935. They had three children: David, Pamela and Hugh. Donna was a spirited, talented and beautiful woman with an unending zest for life. She was a much-published author of short stories, non-fiction articles, and essays. After the deaths of Hugh in 1952 and Warren in 1953, Donna returned to teaching. For the next 23 years she nurtured, motivated and inspired her students, both remedial and advanced placement.

In 1977 she married Kermit Dean Goddard whom she had met on a retirement trip to Singapore. They moved to Santa Fe in 1979, and for the next 22 years this vibrant couple traveled extensively and developed many wonderful friendships. She was a beloved wife, mother and friend. She extended her heart to many souls, especially the homeless, and animals in need.

Donna, we will miss you. Every room you entered had more life in it, all hearts grew larger and more compassionate in your presence. Your husband Kermit, your children: Pamela and David; daughter-in-law, Jane; your five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; your extended family and many dear friends thank you for your presence in our lives. We love you and feel loved by you; from this love flows love and healing. And so it is.

Memorial services at McGee Funeral Chapel at 12:00 noon Monday,August 24. In lieu of flowers, Donna requested donations to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, 1920 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501.

Services for Mrs Goddard are under the direction of McGee Memorial Chapel 1320 Luisa St., Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 983-9151

Source: Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 22, 1998.

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Donna Geyer Goddard died peacefully at home on August 18, 1998 after an illness of several years. Born to Hugh Irwin Smith and Donna Florence Heister on March 29, 1910 in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Denver University with a Master's degree in 1933 and began her teaching career on the Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. There she met Warren Frances Geyer, also a teacher, whom she married in 1935. They had three children, David, Pamela, and Hugh. Donna was a spirited, talented, and beautiful woman with an unending zest for life. She was a much-published author of short stories, non-fiction articles, and essays. After the deaths of Hugh in 1952 and Warren in 1953. Donna returned to teaching. For the next 23 years she nurtured, motivated, and inspired her students, both remedial and advanced placement. In 1977 she married Kermit Dean Goddard whom she had met on a retirement trip to Singapore. They moved to Santa Fe in 1978, and for the next 22 years, this vibrant couple traveled extensively and developed many wonderful friendships. She was a beloved wife, mother, and friend. She extended her heart to many souls, especially the homeless and animals in need. Donna, we will miss you. Every room you entered had more life in it, all hearts grew larger and more compassionate in your presence. Your husband, Kermit, your children, Pamela and David, daughter-in-law, Jane, your five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, your extended family and many dear friends thank you for your presence in our lives. We love you and feel loved by you: from this love flows love and healing. And so it is. Memorial services at McGee Funeral Chapel at 12:00 noon, Monday, August 24. In lieu of flowers, Donna requested donations to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, 1920 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Services for Mrs. Goddard are under the direction of McGee Memorial Chapel, 1320 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 983-9151.

Source: Published in the Albuquerque Journal in Albuquerque, NM on August 23, 1998.

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IN LOVING MEMORY DONNA G. GODDARD
March 29, 1910 - August 18, 1998

...We love you and feel loved by you: from this love flows love and healing. And so it is.

McGee Memorial Chapel

Source: Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican in Santa Fe, NM on August 27, 1998

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Donna G. Goddard: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record

Name: Donna G. Goddard
State of Issue: Colorado
Date of Birth: Tuesday March 29, 1910
Date of Death: Tuesday August 18, 1998
Est. Age at Death: 88 years, 4 months, 20 days
Confirmation: Verified

Last known residence:

City: Santa Fe; La Cienga
County: Santa Fe
State: New Mexico
ZIP Code: 87505


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 62724482
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