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Kathleen June Goodwin Pettit

Kathleen (Kay) June Goodwin Pettit died Thursday, June 20, 2002.

She was born to Charles Stratton and Leola Grace Rockwell Goodwin on the family farm in Wiota, Iowa, on June 30, 1916.

When she was 2, the family, with their uncle, Ralph Rockwell, moved to Colorado on an immigrant train. The train included cars for family, household goods and furniture, plus farm machinery and equipment, and all the farm animals.

Kay’s parents farmed several locations in the Edwards and Wolcott area, homesteading for a time northwest of Wolcott. She attended school for six years in the one-room school in Wolcott, where her three daughters later went to school.

Kay used to tell stories about getting to school, sometimes on horseback, with a horse and buggy or horse and sleigh, and sometimes by hitching a ride on the old stagecoach that ran between Steamboat Springs and Wolcott. Sometimes the boys took the horses and left the girls stranded.

Kay’s family moved to Grand Junction for two years. There, she completed the seventh and eighth grades. The family later moved back to the Eagle Valley, where Kay lived until her marriage. In 1937, when she was 21, Kay boarded a bus and went all the way to Bakersfield, Calif., to marry the “love of her life,” Jess Pettit.

Jess was a heavy equipment operator who worked on many large construction projects throughout the western United States.

Kay and Jess and their daughters lived at Camp Hale from 1941 to 1946, during which time the 10th Mountain Division Army base was constructed. They stayed there through the camp’s demolition.

Jess also went to Greenland in 1951 to work on the construction of the Thule air base.

In the summer months, the family would frequently stay wherever Jess was working. They had many memorable times in Kay Rose, Tiny Town and Artesia (now Dinosaur), on Gore Pass and in many other places.

Kay and Jess moved to Eagle in 1957. Kay resided in this home until her death. She loved her children, grandchildren, large extended family and many friends. She also loved spending time with Jess while they traveled in their camper.

Kay was primarily a homemaker who was known by family and friends as an outstanding cook. She worked part-time as a school bus driver for a few years, driving Wolcott high schoolers to Eagle and returning them home each day. She also worked for several years as a cook in the Eagle Elementary School kitchen, where she had many friends among the staff and students.

Kay was preceded in death by her siblings, Clint Goodwin, Lonnie Goodwin and Naomi Wayker; and by her husband, who died in 1981.

She is survived by her daughters, Joy (and husband Bob) Mayne, Marlene Pettit, and Carole Richards; stepsons Ronald (and wife Chris) Pettit, and Jerry (and Joan) Goodwin; grandchildren Debbie Tolbert, Cathy Bell, Lynda Bird, Allison Watkins, Rob Mayne, Jennifer Lundgren, Michelle Grimes, Heather Scherrer, Gerry Mayne, Timothy Pettit, Doug Richards, Shara Cole, Marc Goodwin, Brent Goodwin, Debbie Wilson, Jennifer Stewart, Laura Phillips, Paul Pettit, Susan Schilling, and Tom Luberic; and 46 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.


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