Marian D. Goodwin

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Marian D. Goodwin

October 03, 1929 - November 28, 2018

Marian D. Goodwin Marian was born October 3rd, 1929, on the family farm in the Shiloh community in Sequoyah County near Sallisaw, Oklahoma, to George Bate Reed and Mellie Elsie Ussrey Reed and died November 28th, 2018, in her home.

She grew up in Sallisaw and graduated from Sallisaw High School on May 23rd, 1947. After graduation she attended Connors State College where she met her future husband, Bill Goodwin. After his graduation they moved to Kansas City, so Bill could attend mortuary school.

In June of 1965 they purchased Hodge-Smith Funeral Home and operated it under Goodwin Funeral Home until 2013. Marian was a very talented Indian artist, receiving 1st place on her Red Earth Dancer at Red Earth 1992. She received a commission from the Garden Clubs of Oklahoma to paint a wildflower design for the State of Oklahoma to be reproduced on T-shirts, tote bags, and note cards sold nationwide. Marian was pleased that one of her paintings, titled "Shawl Dancer," was purchased by Wilma Mankiller, Chief of the Cherokee Nation, who added the work to the collection on display at Indian Health Center in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Marian was a member of the Cherokee First Baptist Church, Western Band Cherokee Nation, Indian Arts and Crafts Association, Red Hat Society, B&PW, Rebekah's and editor of Our Alfalfa County Heritage book published in 1976.

Surviving are her three sons, William S. Goodwin Jr. and wife Barbara, Michael R. Goodwin, Roger D. Goodwin and wife Karla; a sister Erma Merrill; half-brother, Randall Reed, and two half-sisters, Linda Reed and Donna Reed; four grandchildren, William S. Goodwin III, Mallory Landis and husband Jared, Alexa Goodwin, Macy Goodwin; one great-grandson, Reed Landis; dear friends, Ken and LaWilda Reitz; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, two sisters, a son Scott and two granddaughters, Nicole and Abby.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at the Cherokee First Baptist Church. The family will be present to greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Cherokee First Baptist Church, with Pastor Tom Cooksey and Pastor Garry McNeill officiating. Interment will follow in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home, Fairview. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pioneeer Spirit Pocket Park/Marian Goodwin Memorial, with Pierce Funeral Home, Farmers Exchange Bank of Cherokee and Alfalfa County Bank as custodians. Condolences may be made online at
Published on December 1, 2018
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Adell L. Ryel
Dec 07, 2018
Marian was a wonderful lady. She was such a true soul of the Cherokee community. She assisted my family through times of sorrow with dignity and grace. I attended school with her boys. Guys, please accept my heartfelt sympathy and prayers in this great loss. She will truly be missed.
Stephen & Joan Cartet
Dec 02, 2018
We loved Bill’s Mom. She was such a gracious lady with a ready smile. I know she will be missed by many. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.
LouAnn Bell Scram
Dec 02, 2018
She was a wonderful lady
She will be missed by many
Prayers to the Family
Lois Guffy
Dec 02, 2018
Marion was one of my favorite people. I loved sharing her love of art with her. May she rest in peace.
Charla Harris McCray
Dec 02, 2018
My heart goes out to the family!
Mariam was a wonderful person.
Jan (Azbill) Roberson
Dec 02, 2018
Sad news. My condolences to the family.
Dec 01, 2018