FRANCES VIOLA "VI" (SKURDELL) GOODRICH

Born: Wed., Jul. 31, 1929
Died: Fri., May 25, 2018


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Jun. 14, 2018
Location: All Saints Episcopal Church


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Funeral services for Frances Viola “Vi” Goodrich, 88, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Wheatland, Wyoming with The Reverend Jill Zimmerschied officiating.  Interment will be in the Wheatland Cemetery with Order of Eastern Star rites.
Vi Goodrich died Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Platte County Legacy Home in Wheatland.
She was born Wednesday, July 31, 1929 in Aneta, North Dakota the daughter of Edward and Effie (Fuglem) Skurdell.
Viola’s adventurous spirit brought her to teach school in Albany County one room school houses in the
1950’s.  In 1957, after the death of his wife, Viola married Bill Goodrich and focused on caring for him
and his three children, Nancy, Susan and Ralph.  A fourth child, James, was born in 1959 shortly after the
family had moved to their current ranch in the Garrett area.  Her dedication to quality education and
developing confident young people extended her entire life as she continued to teach and substitute at
all grade levels.  Vi was especially noted for encouraging creative art, music and dramatic activities.  
Community organizations such as women’s clubs, 4-H, and Eastern Star remained important to her
throughout her life.  Viola worked alongside the entire family on the ranch and was especially skilled at
woodworking.   In 1963 she and the children moved to Wheatland during the school week for the girls to
attend high school.  When James graduated in 1977, she returned full time to the ranch – the place she
considered her real home.  After Bill’s death in 1989, Vi gave up the harsh winters there and moved to
the 100+ year old family farm on the Wheatland flats.  She was elected to the REA Board of Directors,
which Bill’s father Ward originally established, and served in that capacity for several terms.  Viola
remained active for many years but spent the last two  under the care of staff at Platte County Legacy
Home.  
Vi is survived by her children, Ralph (Lorrie) Goodrich of Worley, Idaho, James Goodrich (Conee Sheets) of Wheatland, Nancy (John) Robinson of Wheatland, and Susan Goodrich (Gordon Sylte) of Rathdurm, Idaho; grandchildren, Heather Wiggins, Kelly Hansen, Erin Robinson-Douglas, Amber Harkin, and Tim Goodrich; and five great grandchildren..
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William W. “Bill” Goodrich, on September 3, 1989; and sisters, Phyllis Strauss, Edith Garske, and Elaine Krabbenhoft.
Serving as pallbearers will be Leonard Geringer, Kelly Kennedy, Kelby Krabbenhoft, Alan Madsen, Ken Small, Grant Stumbough, William Sturgeon, and Adam Woolsey.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jack Finnerty, Roger Garrett, Dave Krabbenhoft, Paul Krabbenhoft, Ray Morris, Al Teel, George Wiggins, and Bob Williams.
A memorial to the Platte County Legacy Home, 100 Nineteenth Street, Wheatland, Wyoming 82201 would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Marilyn Sturgeon
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

chris peel
   Posted Thu June 14, 2018
to James & family, your mother has always been a remarkable lady, an excellent cook, a genuine good soul. It was always good to see your mother-father working along w/each other, their neighbors & their visitors. There's always work to be done & Vi wasn't shy when it came to be needing done. She was good @ recruiting help, she was excellent @ taking care of - feeding - the help that she had. Your mother really made a house a home. It's a good thing that your mother & father got together, because there is a lot of us that think a lot of you … Take care & we'll be staying in touch … Chris Peel & family

Chuck Witte
   Posted Thu June 14, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Co was a wonderfull person. Our through and prayers go out to all her family.

Bob and Helen Coates
   Posted Sat June 16, 2018
We have great memories of visits with your Mom at the ranch, in Wheatland and in 2005 when she came to Ontario with Keith and Jody and stayed at our house for several days. We enjoyed hearing stories of her life. Her love of her family and friends was so evident. She took us on a history tour around the ranch to see where Indians had camped etc. She served a delicious meal. We have been honoured to know your Mom and she certainly had an adventurous spirit as well as serving her community. We extend our sincere sympathy.

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