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Marilyn Goodin

Marilyn Goodin, 79, of Abilene passed away beautifully and peacefully on June 14, 2020 of an unexpected brain hemorrhage.

Services celebrating her life were held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Abilene, with Mike Greenfield officiating. Burial was at Texas State Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.

Marilyn was born on Dec. 20, 1940 in Haskell, an early Christmas gift to her parents the late Lamar and Ruth (Smith) Searcey Griffith. Marilyn grew up in Munday and in the 8th grade the family moved to a farm in Benjamin. She graduated from Benjamin High School in 1959. Marilyn went on to attend Hardin-Simmons University where she was a White Horse Rider and Rodeo Queen.

She married the love of her life Jeff Goodin, whom she met at Hardin-Simmons. They were married on June 10, 1961 in Benjamin. After Jeff had over 20+ years of a very successful military career, they  both decided it was time to choose a different career path and so the family moved to Abilene, where they established roots and raised their three daughters,

in 1980 Marilyn began a career with Senter Realtors. She was a faithful and Christian member of First Baptist Church where she was actively involved in Sunday School. She was also a member and Past President Abilene Board of Realtors, Hardin Simmons University Alumni Association, former board member of Fairway Oaks Country Club, former president and member of Abilene Ladies’ Golf Association, member of Ladies’ Tennis Club 4.0 at the Abilene Country Club.

Marilyn and Jeff celebrated their marriage of 59 years on June 10. Their love and relationship was admired by many as an example of true love; they fiercely loved each other with an unmeasurable dedication.

Some of her favorite things to do were spending time with husband Jeff, daughters, grandchildren and great granddaughter. Family was the most important part of her life. Marilyn is known for remembering important dates, quick wit, and always giving gifts, letters and cards.

She loved Jesus, Christmas, tennis, shopping, her friends, social groups and traveling buddies, high school and college friends. Marilyn was mischievous in her own sweet, subtle way and she loved practical jokes.

Proceded in death by her parents, brother Wayne Searcey and stepbrother Ronald Griffith. Survived by her husband Jeff; daughters Darla Davis and husband Kenny from Midland, Lyn Jones and husband Scott from Kingwood,  Leanne Bevins and husband Ken from Round Rock; grandchildren Jeff Wilkerson, Cameron Jones and wife Hannah, Jordan Jones and wife Morgan, Kaylee Bevins, Addison Bevins, Kennedy Bevins; one great granddaughter, Ruth Jones; her “favorite” brother Marty Griffith; and stepbrothers Louis Griffith and Charles Griffith; plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial Contributions in Marilyn’s name can be made to the Jeff and Marilyn Goodin Golf Endowment at Hardin-Simmons University.

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