Florence “Elaine” Harris Goodwin, 69, passed away peacefully in her Cary home on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Elaine was a beloved daughter, loving and supportive wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother, fun loving sister and loyal friend to many.
Elaine’s youthful spirit, sweet smile and positive attitude continued to the end, supporting her family and providing an example of strength and courage for all who met her. She will be remembered for her compelling conversations, selfless nature, and thoughtfulness of others. Her outgoing personality and love of life led her down many adventurous paths and made her an interesting person, with few dull moments and many fond memories.
Elaine did many small things for others with great love. She had few complaints and many encouraging words and acts of kindness, even from her hospital bed. Elaine loved fresh cut flowers, long conversations, crossword puzzles and buying gifts for others… especially her grandchildren with whom she had a special relationship. During daily conversations with them, she would blow kisses over the phone; they would catch her kisses and blow them back – she would watch the kisses come through the phone and catch them on her nose, mouth or eyes. Her child-like innocence often had her talking with the children instead of the adults at parties.
Elaine is predeceased in death by her father, Clarence Auburn “CA” Harris Jr. She leaves behind her husband of 35 years, Mark Goodwin; her daughter Amy Westcott and husband Keith; her son Josh Goodwin and wife Sara and their two children, Lila and Otis.
Elaine is survived by her mother, Florence Elaine Ellington Harris and brothers Clarence Auburn “Auby” Harris III and Michael “Myke” Henry Harris and their families.
Memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare, founded as Hospice of Wake County, who the family extends grateful appreciation to for their awesome support team.
A celebration of Elaine’s remarkable life will be held at The Matthews House, 317 West Chatham Street, Cary, NC on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00. Dress is casual.