Elaine Julia Anthony Goodboard, 70, passed peacefully on May 10, 2017 at her home surrounded by her devoted husband John Dennis Goodboard, and other loving family members. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Clair Ezekiel Anthony and Evelyn Catherine Smith, and her brothers Lawrence Anthony and Gordon Anthony. She is survived by her husband John Dennis Goodboard; daughter Kimberly Stocker, son-in-law Mark Bigler; and her brother Wayne Anthony.
Elaine was born January 2, 1947, in Easton, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Phillipsburg High School. On June 14, 1975 she and John were married in Pawling, New York; the town in which they met. After that, John reentered the service and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. After living in Temple, they moved into the home of their dreams in Moody, Texas. It’s an idyllic setting that Elaine referred to as “The Farm” and they shared it lovingly with their many pets.
Elaine had a long work history, starting at the Pawling Rubber Corporation. When she and John moved to Texas, she started her career at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas in 1976 and continued there until her retirement on January 2, 2009. While there, her many and varied skills were used in working as an Aide, Desk Clerk, Registration Clerk, Clerk for Orthopedists, and as an Insurance Verifier.
Elaine, being multi-talented, was not content to work only at Scott and White. She was also a Mary Kay representative for 25 years. Additionally, Elaine was a skilled seamstress and craftsperson. She skillfully sewed many costumes, dresses, and items for the home. She crafted ceramic pieces that can be seen throughout her home.
In addition to a career and avocation, Elaine later in life took a “back seat” to her husband on the “back” of his motorcycle. Together they toured 48 states and parts of Canada, traveling over 90,000 miles.
Everyone who knew Elaine and was gifted by her gracious personality misses her deeply. However, her suffering is over and her smile shines through to all.
Services for Elaine will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 15, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with Pastor Rick Reed officiating. Burial will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Elaine’s memory may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006.
Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements.
John and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Randy and Kathy Underwood
Kathy UnderwoodLiberty Hill, TX
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Claire DillClear Lake, TX
Our world has lost one of the sweetest people. Elaine's goodness and love shone brightly from her. My prayers to John and Kim and family and friends.
Lori RogoraCatasauqua, PA
Elaine will be missed so much. She always had a kind word and a big smile for everybody. Love you Elaine PJ & Anna
Patrick (PJ) & Anna JohnsonLorena, TX
Your kind heart, smile and laughter will be missed by all. I
feel a great loss but have peace in knowing God has welcome you in his arms. I will always cherish our childhood memories. Miss you and Love you, Diane
Diane Cruts ThatcherWinston Salem, NC, NC
To the family, sorry for the loss of such a sweet person. R.I.P. Elaine.
Brenda LeeTemple, TX
R. I. P. We Love You. You Are Another Angel In Heaven We Have So Many Loves Ones IN Heaven . Love Aunt Roberta And Family
Aunt Roberta AnthonyLehighton, PA
Our thoughts and prayers go out to loved ones. We can find peace knowing that she is with God. God Bless
David, Wendy, & Julia AnthonyLehighton, PA
Deepest sympathy to the family on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dell MackeyLeague City, TX
God called another angel home. Rip Elaine.
Nancy schultz perkinsTroy, TX
Momma I love you and miss you so much! Until I see you again in Heaven, I know you will be watching over me!
Kim StockerSeabrook, TX
Elaine will be missed. She had such a kind and warm heart. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Keela Bierds,
My heart is broken into two pieces.
With a heavy heart, I say "goodbye" to you Elaine, my sweet friend, until we meet again. Love you.
One the the truly nicest people that ever entered my life. Her warm heart and welcome smile will be missed by all.
She was a friend through High School and Kim is my god-daughter.My prayers are with you
George KunkleClinton Township, MI
I met Elaine just once and became instant friends. I know you will be missed by many. I only wish is I could have spent more time with you and Jay Dee. God bless to family left behind.
Sharon Elaine DumaisGroton, CT
I worked with Elaine at S&W for several years. She was very compassionate and Loving person. I will miss her dearly. Bless your and your family. May you find peace and comfort.
Tammy MullinsLittle River,Texas, TX
We are so sorry for your loss.
Jaclyn, Jordan, and Libby EvenPinellas Park, FL