Willa Dean Goodman

January 15, 1949 - February 25, 2017

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Willa Dean Goodman, 68, of Auburn died Saturday, February 25, 2017, in her residence.

She was born January 15, 1949, in Wayland, Kentucky, to Glenn Edward and Anna Louise (Paige) Alexander. They preceded her in death.

Ms. Goodman had lived in Auburn for ten years, coming from Rome City.

She had worked at Family Dollar in Kendallville.

Willa enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and talking on the phone.

Surviving are her significant other, James W. Smith of Auburn; two daughters, Angel (Martin) Baczynski of Wolcottville and Karen (Todd) Rodman of Kendallville; a son, Glenn (Sabrina Lawson) Brogan of Huntington; three stepdaughters, Penny Sue (Martin) Mercado of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Angel Marie (Isa) Alonzo of Fort Wayne, and Angela Buckland of Kendallville; a stepson, Anthony James Smith of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, Kiersten Buck, Tabitha Buck, Edward Baczynski, Sabbeth Baczynski, Glenn James Brogan, Claude Walsh, and Janice Walsh; two great-grandchildren, Dawson Buck and Quinn Wood; 11 step-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; three sisters, Sue (LeRoy) Rhodes of Wayland, Kentucky, Loretta Cline of Kendallville, and Vicky Jones of Martin, Kentucky; and James’ sister, Phyllis (Gene) Lash of Kendallville.

Per Willa’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral services.

Preferred memorials are to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Pam Bates
March 1st, 2017 2:20pm
HIndman, Kentucky

I am so sorry for your loss! Willa Dean and I were best friends years ago when we all lived in Corunna. I still have a poncho she crocheted my oldest daughter when she was born. Precious memories! I will keep all of you in my prayers!!

Brenda Mann
March 1st, 2017 4:23am
Kannapolis North Carolina

So sorry for your loss

Rhonda & Tim Shepherd
February 28th, 2017 3:01pm

I'm so sorry for your lost she was a great women. My momma and her was best friends. They are up in Heaven enjoying their true life with no more pain. R.I.P Willa love you.💚 spread those wings and fly high in the big blue sky.

Amber Smith
February 28th, 2017 10:34am

Rest In Peace Aunt Willa. You will forever be missed. My prayers go out to Jim and family! Love you all!

Karen Rodman
February 28th, 2017 1:54am

Kendra Smith
February 28th, 2017 1:01am
Miami az

Sorry for you loss.

February 27th, 2017 11:13pm

RIP Willa.

Penny & Martin Mercado
February 27th, 2017 10:02pm
401 N. 62nd Street Milwaukee,

Willa was a great wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. You will be missed.

Jenifer Hawkins and Vickie null family
February 27th, 2017 9:55pm
Hillsboro Ohio

Will forever be missed!! Sending prayers and sympathy for the family!! Aunt sue love you all very much!!!!

Vickie Alexander
February 27th, 2017 9:33pm
Pikeville, Ky.

I miss you so much sissy. Love you. Vickie

Sue Rhoads
February 27th, 2017 9:27pm
Wayland Kentucky

She was my sister. My heart is broken. She will forever be in my heart. Talked to her on phone about a week ago. Was going to c her next week. But we never know what is going to happen. Sorry I didn't get to c her sooner. Love you Willa Goodman with all my heart. Sisters forever. Love you sweetheart.

February 27th, 2017 8:59pm

We all will miss her she was a great lady great mom sorry for your loss