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Janice Goodwin


Janice Goodwin

June 02, 1937 - June 06, 2021

Janice Mae Goodwin, age 84 of Bagley peacefully met her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Janice was born on June 2, 1937 in White Earth to Leonard Sr and Catherine (Morgan) McDougall and raised in Naytahwaush where she attended elementary school. She then attended the Flandreau Boarding School in South Dakota, graduating from there in 1955. She returned home to MN and received her degree in accounting.

In 1959 Janice married the love of her life, Marcell Goodwin, at St Anne's Catholic Church in Naytahwaush. They moved to Chicago for a while, returning to the Bagley area where she started her work at the Bagley school for 35 years as payroll clerk, from 1967 until she retired in 2002. After a brief retirement, Janice started working with White Earth ICW for 18 years as office manager in 2003 until her passing. In addition to her employment, she still completed annual reports for federal impact aid for the Bagley school. Janice was a member of the Minnesota Indian Education for over 35 years serving the Title VII and Johnson O'Malley committees. The MIEA awarded her the statewide honor in 2008 as 'Outstanding American Indian Elder of the Year' which she very humbly received.

Janice was a proud 4-H leader involved in community pride projects, county fair and was one who encouraged every child that they can learn to be skilled and successful in life. She was proud of the Ebro Eagles softball team that she transported to every game, and especially winning the county championship games. Janice was a faithful servant of the Lord, always putting others before herself and had the most generous heart for all those she touched. She was genuine and humble. Janice always had a soft spot in her heart for every soul and people were drawn to her kind heart and soft-spoken personality. She loved reading her bible and was one of the prayer warriors of the church. Janice loved her flower gardens and birds. She was a great cook and hosted many family gatherings. She loved spending time at the lake, especially fishing. Janice also made and decorated graduation and wedding cakes for many years. She liked to travel, and the most recent travel was to the Black Hills in South Dakota which she marked off her bucket list. Janice had a great passion for blessing all the little children throughout her life in the school and in the community. While at the school, she often helped as a 'secret angel' making sure the littles ones were taken care of. Janice cherished her family deeply, especially spoiling the grandchildren, nieces and nephews and was so proud of their academic and athletic achievements and recognitions. Along with her husband, she raised five foster children in their home who remained near and close to her heart. Their home was a safe haven for many area teens. She was so proud of her family of musicians, especially her brothers, father, and uncles who she always claimed were better than Chet Atkins. Although her death was sudden on earth, Janice was anxious to be reunited to her husband and their first-born baby girl. She is now resting with the Savior. The memories she made, and her tender spirit will be remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Janice is survived by two sons, Michael Goodwin and Patrick (Stacey) Goodwin both of Bagley; two daughters, Gloria Goodwin and Katherine Clark both of Bagley; eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; one brother Earl (Eileen) McDougall of Naytahwaush; three sisters: Norma Fitzgerald of Monroeville, PA, Gloria 'Bibsy' Goodwin of Bagley and Suzanne 'Timpy' Bishop of Waubun; Five foster children; several nieces, nephews and many extended family of Marcell. Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Marcell; her parents; an infant daughter; two brothers, Vernon and Leonard 'Sonny' McDougall; three sisters: Verna Johnson, Katherine 'Honey' Goodwin and Maxine Boswell; son in law, Steve 'Punky' Clark and grandson, Shawn Clark.

Blessed be the memory of Janice Goodwin.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Faith Hill Assembly of God Church in Bagley, MN. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held in St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery, Naytahwaush, MN.

Prayer Service

Faith Hill Assembly of God

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

721 Schilling Rd SE

Bagley, MN

A Prayer Service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral Service

Faith Hill Assembly of God

Thursday, June 17, 2021

1:00 PM

721 Schilling Rd SE

Bagley, MN


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