Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Martha Sue Goodwin

Martha Sue Goodwin, age 74, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Sept. 15, with her daughters, Diane and Judy, by her side.

Sue Pruett grew up in Poplar Bluff, Mo. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City where she met the love of her life, George Goodwin. After marrying in September of 1958, they settled in Lake George, N.Y. There they raised their two daughters, Diane and Judy, and owned a motel business on the lake. In the early 1990s they relocated to Sun Valley to be closer to Diane, who had previously moved to the ski resort years before, and Judy who lives in Ogden, Utah. Together they experienced a second childhood, with a life of hiking, camping, and skiing. Sue worked for Sun Valley Resort for many years, and often spent her lunch break enjoying her passion for figure skating.

After George’s death in 2007, Sue immersed herself in many activities. She joined St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Ketchum Veterans Legion Woman’s Auxiliary, figure skating coffee club, book club and the shawl ministry. She also enjoyed a woman’s tea group and the Senior Center in Hailey, and was a member at the Ketchum YMCA. She loved painting and enjoyed going to the gallery walks as well as summer music with her daughter, Diane. She became somewhat of a local celebrity during the Honda 48 Straight Ski Tour when Michael Franti called her on stage with him and called her “Action Sue.” She will be remembered for her fiery red hair that matched her fiery personality. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Sue is survived by her daughters, Diane (Greg) and Judy (Greg); her sister, Anna Lou Foster and brother, Jerry Pruett; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Sue’s life will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 201 Sun Valley Rd., followed by a brief gravesite ceremony at Ketchum Cemetery and potluck dinner at the American Legion Hall, Ketchum. Food items may be dropped off at the Legion Hall before the service.

Cremation is under the direction of Wood River Chapel In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations may be made to the Martha Sue Goodwin Funeral Fund at Wells Fargo Bank in Ketchum or by mail to Box 6703, Ketchum, ID 83340. 

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