Brenda Ruth Godfrey, 77, of Roswell, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.
Brenda was born April 26, 1940, in Newton, Massachusetts, to John E. and Ruth (Pingree) Clarke. She graduated from Whitman High School in Whitman, MA. She worked for Plymouth-Home National Bank of Brockton, MA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston before moving to Roswell in 1978. She then worked at Roswell State Bank and Hanson Operating Co., Inc.
In October of 1985, she married Jim Godfrey. Together they opened The Shopper in 1989. They owned and operated The Shopper Want Ad Paper, Mail Service & One-Hour Photo Lab until retiring in 2005.
Brenda was a past President of R.I.A.C. Sertoma Club and until recently served on the Board of the Wilson-Cobb History and Genealogy Research Library. She enjoyed reading, traveling and genealogy research. Brenda and Jim loved to travel and spoke often of their many amazing trips and the friends they made while traveling. She realized her life-long dream of visiting China and Thailand.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, her loving step-father, Robert L. Bellick, two very special grandmothers, Opie Tanner Gamble and Hazel Cook Pingree, brother, Ralph Bowen and sister, Linda Akusis.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Abby Hess & husband, Blaine, of Roswell, Jamie Houck & husband, Rodney, of Amarillo, TX, Jodie Garcia of Rio Rancho, NM, Jerie Schwab & husband, Mike, of Colorado; grandchildren, Camille, Larry & Gavin Hess, Taylor Goldston, Manuel, Gabriel & Ezekiel Garcia, Caden Schwab, Haylee Sheffler, & Natalee Prince; and sister-in-law, Melissa Bowen. Not to be left out is Wally, her beloved four-legged companion.
The family would like to thank Bonnie, Glynn, Anita, Lupe, Margarita, Kimberly, and Chaplin Tim with Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care of Brenda in her final days. Also, special thanks to Julie, Maria and Gladys for their assistance with the night time care.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributing in her memory to the Roswell Humane Society 703 E. McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88201.
A graveside service will be held Monday, August 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at South Park Cemetery with Chaplain Tim Arlet of Kindred Hospice officiating.
Jim, I am sorry for your loss. I am Ruth's second cousin, daughter of her cousin
Peter Dauten and grand daughter of her aunt Phyllis (Pingree) Dauten. i don't know that I ever got to meet Brenda but have heard some childhood stories from my dad and Uncle Chris. Praying that God comforts you in this time and that Brenda is now with Jesus.
Wendy DawsonKaufman, TX
Peggy and I are very sorry for your loss - actually a loss for all of us. Brenda was a very special lady. She and her brother and sister didn't have the best childhood, but you'd never know it because of the fine woman she became. She was always very kind to me. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Chris & Peggy DautenFayetteville, AR
Jim, ,I still remember the first time I met Brenda as juniors at Whitman High School. For some reason only she knew she gave me a hard time for a while before we became friends. I also enjoyed the emails and occasionally Facebook entries she made. Again I was glad to see her at the 50th reunion. God bless you and your family.
Brian mckennaWhitman, MA
Abby & Uncle Jim,
I am soo sorry for your loss. It's really hard to say the right words when there are no words to mean what your thinking.
Ruthann FertigKeyser, WV 26726,
Abbey, we are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you at this time.
Love, Munchie and Raymond
Esperanza and Raymond OteroRoswell, NM
You will be missed!
I Love you...Ruthann
Ruthann Akusis FertigKeyser, WV