Patricia Joan (Jess) Goodwin

March 6, 1938 – Oct. 20, 2023


Last updated 11/1/2023 at 8:55am

Patricia Joan (Jess) Goodwin

Patti was born March 6, 1938, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA. She was the first born to Melvie and Myrtle (Dugger) Jess. A year and one month later she was joined by her brother, Donald, in April of 1939. Five years later, in late 1943, her cousins, John and Bobbee Jo Jess joined the family after their mother passed away and they were adopted by Melvie and Myrt. Patti loved the growing up years in the 1940's and 50's. She always lived in the house one mile south of Hartline that she was brought home to. Later, moving next door into her parent's newer home following her mother's death and her father's move to the summer home. The exception was four and one-half years living in Navel housing at Tongue Point Oregon (Astoria), the Jess's summer home at Hansville, WA and the Goodwin's Hoaglen Valley Ranch in Trinity County, California and finally living about 18 months on the Kerr Ranch east of Arcata, Blue Lake and Korbel, California where husband, Dave logged with his brother.

Just one day after graduating from Hartline High School in 1956, she married her Navy, rancher, cowboy, logger love, David L. Goodwin on May 26, 1956, in Hartline in the Methodist Church where she was baptized. Daughter Jeannie was their first born, entering the world at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, WA in 1957. Sons Clint (1958) and Jess (1961) were born in Eureka, CA. In the fall of 1961, they moved back to Hartline to help her parents with farming.

Patti was involved in many community and philanthropic organizations. She was a member of Prairie Chapter #139, and Order of Eastern Star, since being initiated in March of 1956. She served two years as Worthy Matron and one year as a District Deputy. She was a past member of Daughters of The Nile and Ladies Oriental Shrine in Spokane; a 10-year director on the Grant County Fair Board; 24 year member of Grant County Historical Society (serving many years as secretary and president); Eagles Lodge of Moses Lake; former member of Blind Springs and later Highland Granges; Hartline School PTA past president; 4-H leader for 14 years; Firearm Safety Instructor for 10 years and current member of both the American Legion Auxiliary Art Semro Unit 28 of Ephrata. She was also a member of the Grant County CattleWomen, serving as president for two years. She was state secretary in 1994 and was then elected to serve as President of Washington CattleWomen in 1996. She was honored as CattleWoman of the Year in Grant County two different years and later was honored as Washington CattleWoman of the Year in 2005.

Patti especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling. She also enjoyed trap-shooting and was at one time the Grant County Ladie's champion! She was an avid genealogist and family historian, enjoyed crocheting, scrapbooking, and cooking, which led her to starting a cake baking and catering career that lasted 25 years. Many will remember her beautiful cakes for birthdays and weddings. Patti was also instrumental in researching the history of Hartline. Her bout with cancer in 1986 stopped many of her activities. She especially loved nature and all the surrounding beauty, even the sagebrush! Her church was the out-of-doors where she spent many hours talking to her Lord and listening to country music and songbirds.

She leaves behind a loving family and many special friends. Family includes daughter, Jeannie (Chuck) Kiehn of George, WA; Clint Goodwin (Kamiah) of Northport & Hartline, WA, and Jess Goodwin of Coulee City, WA; grandchildren, Jessica Goodwin, Marie (Wesley) Taylor, Dawnna Goodwin, Brenda (Ken) Murray, Kacey (Kiely) Kiehn, Cade (Jessica) Kiehn, Allie Kiehn, Josh (Bri) Goodwin, Josi (Bo) Tully; great grandchildren Elizabeth, Sarah and David Scherer, Colton (Ali), Landon, Cheznee and Paige Murray, Alyssa Goodwin, Jacey Taylor, Amelia and Josephine Kiehn, Granger Kiehn and Goldie Tully. Two more great grandsons are on the way as well. She is also survived by her brother Don Jess of Hansville, WA and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Patti in death was her beloved husband, Dave in 2021, grandson Yancy Goodwin, both her and Dave's parents, bother John, sister Bobbee Jo, numerous brother and sisters-in-laws, cousins and dear friends.

Her family extends a special thank you to amazing friends who helped and visited her regularly, the Hartline EMT's, and her doctors and nurses. Patti's wish was that any memorials in her name be made to The Hartline Betterment Organization (HBO) which cares for the Historic Hartline School and Hartline Liberty Museum, Hartline Fire Fighters Assoc., or the Hartline Cemetery.

Patti's funeral service is planned for November 2, 2023, 2:00 p.m. at the Hartline School Gym, followed by a graveside service at the Hartline Cemetery. A reception will follow.

A reception will follow. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Goodwin family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the family.


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