Sammye Carrol Goldston
September 29, 1937  -  October 19, 2017

Sammye Carrol Goldston

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Ballard Funeral Home Chapel
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Saturday, November 18, 2017
2:00 PM
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On the morning of October 19, 2017 our mother Sammye Carrol Goldston passed away and went to be with our Lord in Heaven. She was born September 29, 1937 in Ada, OK. The only child of Virgil and Thelma Sorrels they were both from Ada OK.

Over the years mom told us stories of growing up in rural southeastern Oklahoma. She loved riding her horse who she named Ficka, cane pole fishing and catching lightening bugs on warm and humid summer nights. Her parents were both country school teachers often living in “teacherages” provided by the schools where they taught. Both played the piano very well. As mom grew up, she began drawing and painting as well as playing the piano in her school talent shows. By the time she entered East Central University in Ada, OK she was a very accomplished in music and art with a special love for the classics. However, she earned her degree in teaching at the insistence of her father, who knew she needed something more concrete to build her life upon.
Mom began her teaching career in very small consolidated schools in S.E. Oklahoma much like her parents had done but was soon presented with a better teaching position in Roswell, NM. Over the next 30 years, Mom taught English, music and speech all over the district in Roswell to include Monterey, Mesa and Sierra Middle Schools and finally finishing her career at ENMU-R.

As talented as mom was in music and art her greatest gift was her ability to reach kids on whatever level she might find them. On many occasions, I visited her classroom at Sierra Middle School and was completely blown away by what I witnessed there. Her students who obviously adored her even clapped as she entered the room. Her classroom management style was one you’ve never seen before and could not ever be duplicated by anyone but her. Other teachers at Sierra even began sending their “discipline problems” to mom knowing that “if anyone can fix this Sammy can”. If you had her for a teacher you definitely remember her! A teacher like her changes the course of your life.
Mom we miss you so much and will always be grateful that God blessed us with a mom like you. You made our home and the world a better place.

Sammye is survived by her four children J. Kyrt Goldston (Kim) of Tinnie NM, Mark Goldston (Sonja) of Roswell NM, Darin Goldston (Dana) of Albuquerque NM, Stacey Goldston of Roswell NM; nine grandchildren Taylor, Dylan, Cole, Nadine, Ty, Zack, Andy, Finola, and Chris; three great grandchildren Cash, Tristan, and Elizabeth.

A memorial service will be held at Ballard Funeral Home on Saturday November 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM.


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  1. September L Bosch
    Roswell, NM

    Ms. Goldston was my teacher in 8th grade at Mesa Middle School. She was a wonderful teacher and you could tell she loved what she did. Later in life I had to study for my GED and she tutored me on her own time at her own home so that I would get a good mark on the test. Sure enough, my highest mark was in English. She treated me like family and her daughter and I have been friends for over 30 years. She was always asking how you were doing and what you had been up to. I was blessed to have such a wonderful teacher and friend.

  2. Joseph R Jimenez
    Albuquerque, NM

    I had Mrs. Goldston for English at Sierra Middle School. She was an excellent teacher and made learning fun. Thank you Mrs. Goldson for your wisdom and wit!

  3. Joanna Noga (Clingman)
    So Paso, TX

    I'm so sorry for your families loss. She was the most inspirational teacher I had, by far! She taught me how to talk confidently in front of a room. Enjoy classic literature. How to make a movie! And most of all, to walk in a room & captor everyone's attention! She made a difference!!

  4. Ede Linterman
    Reno, NV

    This past summer I had the opportunity to see an old classmate. We told stories of teachers and growing up in Roswell. Ms. Goldston's name popped into many of these stories. We all have fond memories of our time in her classroom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Angela (Ogas) Dominguez
    Roswell, NM

    I was a student of Ms. Goldston at Mesa Middle School in Roswell, NM. She was the most amazing English teacher I had. She always had a smile on her face and everyone actually wanted to learn from her. She was a true blessing to her profession and an inspiration to all her students. God Bless her family during this difficult time.

  6. Cynthia V.

    I never had her as a teacher but I was a caregiver for her in these last 4 months.She was an amazing women,very talented in so many ways. An artist,musician and a mentor. I guess u could say she was my teacher at some point. Just a few days to her passing she told me something that really struck me,she said" Cynthia I think I love you"! She will never be forgotten. Miss you crazy women xoxo

  7. Amanda
    Indianapolis, IN

    Well i didnt gave the pleasure of having her as teacher. I did know Mrs. Goldston from the halls of Sierra Middle School. She was such a sweet lady. Always had a beautiful smile that always made me smile. Mrs. Goldston you will be missed.
    Amanda (Shappard)McDonald

  8. Amanda
    Indianapolis, IN

    Well i didnt gave the pleasure of having her as teacher. I did know Mrs. Goldston from the halls of Sierra Middle School. She was such a sweet lady. Always had a beautiful smile that always made me smile. Mrs. Goldston you will be missed.
    Amanda (Shappard)McDonald

  9. AnnieB
    New Castle, DE

    I am deeply sorry for your family loss, may you loving memories bring you a smile in the days ahead. Please know that your family and friends are here for you. (Proverbs 17:17). But, most of all for additional comfort please throw all you anxieties on God because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

  10. Rumaldo
    Roswell, NM

    She was my teacher ..I'm so sorry to hear of her teacher I ever knew..always scared me with her long nails..will miss u.

  11. Melanie (Meyer) Frazier
    Albuquerque, NM

    Truly made a difference. So patient, so kind. I loved our conversations. You made the world a better place and always made your students better. Love you and thinking of the family during this difficult time. Teach the Angels. You’re the best at it.

  12. Dan Coleman
    Roswell, NM

    I had the distinct privilege of being in Ms. Goldston's class at Sierra. She was an amazing teacher, and a real fun one too. She loved all of us, and we loved her as well. I used to see her around town, and she always remembered me and we'd chat a bit. I've not seen her in quite a while, but she still holds a place in my heart. I will miss her. My sincere condolences and prayers for the family.

  13. Julie Lara
    Roswell, NM

    My deepest condolences to Mark & Sonya and family. May God Bless you all.

  14. Hope Leyva
    Albuquer, NM

    My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Goldston. Her obituary is just how I remember her as one of my English teachers at Mesa Middle School. God bless her beautiful family.

  15. Chelsea Samario
    Roswell, NM

  16. Lacy “Silva” Bently
    Roswell, NM

    She was such an awesome teacher and she was loved by so many. She will continue to teach in heaven and will be watching over all she left behind.

  17. Tony Ortiz
    Santa Fe,

    I was one of those kids who was lucky to have Ms. Goldston as a teacher at Sierra. She was an amazing lady, and I attribute my early love for English (and school) to her.

    My condolences on your loss.

  18. Larissa Deremiah
    San Antonio, TX

    I will never forget what an awesome English teacher she was.

  19. Tammy Dyer Johnston
    Roswell, NM

    Rest in peace you were a wonderful teacher and I've never forgotten you.

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