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'Happy trails to you…' Miss Goodie!
On March 15, 2019, our beloved friend and long-time area resident, Arlene Goodhart, died after several months of declining health. She will be remembered and missed by friends, neighbors, co-workers and hundreds of students who have felt her love and influence. Miss Goodie, as she was known by students and friends, just celebrated her 91st birthday with friends and fellow residents at the Kane County Skilled Nursing Facility, where she had been staying since December.
Miss Goodie graduated from San Luis Ranch School in 1945 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and attended Lake Forest College in Lake Forest Illinois from 1945-1947. She received her B.A. from Arizona State University in 1973, where she majored in Anthropology. She earned a kindergarten through eighth grade Teaching Certificate in 1976, and began teaching in the Fredonia-Moccasin School Unified School District that year. In 1983, she received her master’s degree from Barry University.
Before her long teaching career, Miss Goodie worked where she could enjoy her interests – horses, dogs, bird watching, swimming and hiking. She worked at the Rocking Bar O Ranch Camp in Big Fork, Montana, as a camp counselor and cook. At the Judson School in Scottsdale, Arizona, she was a housemother, P.E. teacher and coach. She was also a swimming and CPR/life-saving instructor in Scottsdale and Fredonia, helping many youngsters be safe around water and certifying lifeguards for the community pool. She was a great supporter of the Fredonia Killer Whales swim team, and often volunteered to time races and stand at the pool’s edge to cheer for the kids.
Miss Goodie began teaching kindergarten and seventh and eighth grade P.E. at Fredonia Elementary School in 1976. She helped many, many young students to love school and learning. Many remember the fun of playing with the big blocks, story-time, learning games and the shame of sitting in front of the “mirror” to reflect on their misbehavior.
Miss Goodie was one of the first to include computers in her classroom. Fredonia students got a good start in Miss Goodie’s classroom where they felt loved and supported each individually. And she always supported school activities such as field trips, professional development, Science Fair, Field Day and the annual bird count. She strived to instill the culture of learning in each young kindergarten student and make school a fun, welcoming place to be.
In Fredonia, Miss Goodie served on the town beautification committee helping with the “Welcome” signs on Highway 89A and 389 along with the Roadside Park. She was always happy to help with community activities and holiday festivities. She also produced many cheerful bulletin boards in the library for many years after her retirement. Miss Goodie was a fixture in the Fredonia Library and supported literacy of all ages.
Many community members have benefited from Miss Goodie’s gardening tips and her contributions of transplants for their own yards. She loved plants, knew so much about them and kept a beautiful flower garden at her home. She could identify all the local bird populations and seasonal visitors. She enjoyed observing them in her feeders outside her door and would chase off the “naughty” ones that stole the food from others.
The Arizona Strip and Kaibab National Forest were her stomping grounds where she collected rocks, visited archeological sites and enjoyed the plant and animal life. She felt at home in the beautiful scenery and weather of northern Arizona.
Many prized dogs were loved and cared for by Miss Goodie, including Tubby, Lady Bird and cute Buffy. Buffy will miss her! There was a standing appointment for Buffy to go to the groomers and then for Miss Goodie to visit the hairdresser. Both always looked stylish!
Thank you, Miss Goodie, for all you have meant to us and making our lives better for knowing you. We will celebrate your life at a memorial on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in the Fredonia Elementary School gym at 11 a.m. (Arizona time). In lieu of flowers or other donations, please purchase school supplies in Miss Goodie’s honor, which will be donated to Fredonia Elementary School in her name. All friends, family and former students are welcome to come and share their memories of our beloved teacher and friend.
Miss Goodie will live on in our hearts through the friendship that she shared and the lessons that she taught us all. Keep her memory alive by reading to a child, supporting school events, taking flowers to a sick friend, dropping off treats to a neighbor, planting beautiful flowers, walking your dog daily, taking a long drive on the Kaibab Mountain, enjoying wildlife or stopping to share a kind or encouraging word with a friend. Cheerio Miss Goodie!