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Marylou Darr Goodyear

Obituary for Marylou Darr Goodyear

March 26, 1933 - June 24, 2019
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas | Age 86


Marylou Darr Goodyear of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, passed away on June 24, 2019 at the age of 86. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Clyde E. Goodyear, COL, US Army (ret.); their daughters, Linda and her husband, Fred Arno of Keller, TX, Barbara and her husband Sandy Haltiwanger, LTC, US Army (ret.) of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, and Stephanie Bellwood of Tallahassee, FL; their son, Peter E. Goodyear, MAJ, US Army (ret.) also of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, and ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Howard J. and Verda Darr of Philadelphia, PA; daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Halter, of Jacksonville, FL, survived by her husband, Stanley Halter, CAPT, US Navy (ret.); son-in-law, Eric Bellwood; and granddaughter, Jennifer Haltiwanger.

Marylou was born on March 26, 1933, in Hollidaysburg, PA. During the Second World War, her family moved to Philadelphia, PA, where her father, a veteran of World War I, worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. While attending South Philadelphia High School and pursuing advanced studies in art at the Moore Institute of Art, she met her future husband Clyde Goodyear. Shortly after high school graduation, Marylou and Clyde eloped and were married in Elkton, MD. After several years as newlyweds and two kids later, Clyde graduated from LaSalle College and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Then the adventure began . . .

Although Dad was on active duty in the Army, Mom was even more so as an Army wife. From their very earliest days of their married life, Mom and Dad were separated by the training demands and distant assignments of the Army. During Dad's assignments to Korea and Viet Nam, Mom remained behind to raise five kids without the supporting agencies and infrastructure the Army provides wives today. There was no email, Skype or FaceTime to keep in touch. It was old fashioned letters, ham radio operators, and recordings on small reels of magnetic tape that kept their relationship alive.

In so many ways Mom was in the Army too. When Dad was assigned to a leadership role, younger wives looked to Mom for guidance and counsel. Her military community involvement found her as a Cub Scout Den Mother at Fort Bliss and was active in the Army Community Service (ACS) Center in Schweinfurt, FRG, home of the 1st Brigade, Third Infantry Division ("Rock of the Marne") providing a myriad of support services to thousands of young wives and their families. What you didn't know was that Dad wasn't even assigned to the Third Infantry Division.

All told, during her time in the Army, Mom pulled up stakes and relocated to 17 new assignments. Each time, she was the one finding new doctors and dentists; enrolling kids in different grades at different schools, often in different cities; and, in her free time, moving into a new home and community. Most certainly, the success Dad achieved in the Army was due to Mom's love, sacrifice, and devotion to those serving our nation in uniform.

Mom went where the Army sent Dad. Together, with their five kids, they lived across the country and around the globe. Mom always made each new location a home, no matter how close or far away. Places such as Schweinfurt, Germany; Lawton, OK; Columbus, GA; Carlisle, PA; Washington, D.C.; Jacksonville, FL; and El Paso, TX were home to this family of vagabonds. Regardless of the exciting adventures found in each new locale, it was the warmth and charm of the people of El Paso that resonated with her. El Paso was always "home" to her.

Marylou was an accomplished artist, ceramist, and artisan of multiple media. Her artwork in oils, water color and pencil adorn her family's homes. Her ceramics, soft sculptures, and glass art always had a holiday theme and are proudly displayed at special times of the year. Shortly after Dad retired from the Army, Mom became a successful vintner, in Saudi Arabia, no less. Her vintages were widely shared with friends and roundly praised. Later in life, returning to her artistic roots, she designed jewelry of crystal and semi-precious jewels. She generously donated the majority of these pieces to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Leon Springs, TX for charitable causes.

In Mom's memory, the family will hold a private Memorial Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in the near future. Additionally, Mom and Dad's cremated remains will be buried together at Arlington National Cemetery (the time to be determined by God). Rest easy, Mom . . . Mission Accomplished.

In lieu of flowers, please, consider a donation to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607

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