Dorothy “Dottie” Mae Lott Goodwin of Forkston, PA passed away on April 29 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA at the age of 82. She had been a resident of the retirement community since August 2011.
Born in 1929, she was the fourth child of Wilson Lott and Gladys Jayne Lott Trowbridge. She had four siblings: Byron, Ellen, Verne, and Elizabeth (Betty). Wilson died at a relatively young age, and the family lived at various farms around Forkston, Lovelton, and Mehoopany. She graduated from Mehoopany High School in 1947 and went on to college at East Stroudsburg University. She graduated from that institution in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education, the first of her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Physically active her entire life, Dottie particularly enjoyed swimming “in the crick” and hiking local trails. On several occasions she hiked over Dutch Mountain from Forkston to Noxen with family and friends. She loved nature and was very observant of God’s creation.
After completing her studies at East Stroudsburg, she pursued a career in nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1954 and a master’s degree in the same field from Syracuse University soon after. She went on to become a member of the nursing faculty at Syracuse University, teaching there in the 1960s. Later she served on the nursing staffs at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, and Tyler Memorial. While at Robert Packer, she was also a faculty member at Mansfield University.
She was beloved by her family, patients and students because of her kindness and careful attention. She was always willing to share her knowledge of medicine and skills as a caretaker with family, neighbors and friends. She returned to the area from Cleveland in 1980 to help with the care of her mother who was suffering from dementia.
In 1987, at the age of 57, she married her Forkston neighbor Harold Goodwin after a long courtship. The couple was happily married until his death in 2007.
Dottie was an active member of Mehoopany Baptist Church and the Forkston Grange. She will be remembered for her generous and caring spirit, her friendly and fun-loving demeanor, and her love for the Lord. Her Savior Jesus Christ was very important to her.
She is survived by her brother, Verne of Elizabethtown; her stepchildren, Dorothy Goodwin of Hudson, OH and John Goodwin of Jericho, VT; her brother in-law, Roger Twidt of Hudson, FL; her niece, Alissa Hood of Schroon Lake, NY; nephew, Brian Twidt of Raleigh, NC, their spouses and families. Many cousins also mourn her loss, but celebrate her life and rejoice that she is with her Savior.
Interment will be in the Forkston Cemetery and a memorial service is planned for June 10 at Mehoopany Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Visitation with the family will start at 3:30 p.m.
Memorials may be sent to Mehoopany Baptist Church or to Word of Life Ministries, P. O. Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870 for the Hood’s ministry.
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