WAYNESVILLE Jo Goodin, 82, passed away Feb. 17, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family.
A native of Rockingham County, North Carolina, she attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she met her husband, James "Check" Goodin. Jo and Check raised two boys while Check followed a career in the U.S. Marine Corps, living in Maryland, Virginia, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. After her husband's death in 1976, Jo settled in his hometown of Waynesville, N.C. She often spoke of her years in Hawaii as some of the best years of her life.
Educated in Library Science, Jo was a librarian for many years in Southern California, and began volunteering for the Haywood County Library more than 20 years ago. Fond of books on tape, she took on the entire audio section of the library, and shelved, arranged, and helped order books on tape and CD. She was always eager to help a patron in need of direction.
Jo made many friends while attending the several sewing and craft classes offered by the adult education program operating in Waynesville at the time. Most of her creations were gifts that she shared with her close friends and family.
During those years, Jo was an active member of the Waynesville Recreation Center, regularly attending the Senior Stretch-and-Walk class for 26 years. The Waynesville Recreation Center recently honored her dedication and enthusiasm by renaming the Member of the Quarter award to the "Jo Goodin Member of the Quarter" award.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Check, and her brother, Jackie Grogan, of Reidsville, NC.
She is survived by her sister, Dean Styers of Greensboro, N.C., sister Alice Tenenbaum of Arlington, Virginia, and her brother, C. E. "Buddy" Grogan of Mayodan, N.C. She is also survived by her son, David Goodin of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and her son Mark Goodin of Waynesville, N.C.
Services will be held at the Garrett Funerals and Cremations on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m.. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.
Because of Jo's passion and dedication to the library, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Haywood County Public Library.
An online guest registry is available at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com