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Goldie Marie Struve Goodspeed

FORT WORTH-Goldie Marie Struve Goodspeed passed away due to kidney disease on Monday, June 24, 2019 with her family by her side.
Celebration of life: The family and close friends will commemorate Goldie’s life with a celebration of life at her home. No services to be held. If you wish to do something in Goldie’s honor, please adopt and care well for a pet in need or donate to your favorite local pet or wildlife rescue group.
Goldie was born to parents, Goldie Marie Edens Struve and Clemens Amand Struve of Fort Worth, Texas on November 12 in the mid-1940s. Goldie grew up in the 1950’s in Fort Worth with both parents at home. She often said she had the perfect childhood. As a child, she was a tomboy with dreams of being a cowboy (not a cowgirl) like Roy Rogers. One of her favorite childhood memories was beating up the boys who made fun of her and her best friend, Tommie for their unusual first names. As an adult, Goldie’s outgoing and friendly nature gave those she met a great sense of ease. Many people gravitated to her and often shared their life’s story, which she genuinely loved to hear. She had a great curiosity about life and others. Children were drawn to Goldie too, which she joked about often. If there was a child in the room, it was just a matter of minutes before she would make a new little friend.
Goldie loved being outside and enjoying nature. She spent many happy days of her retirement sitting on her back porch watching the critters play in her big tree where she fed them. Goldie was a friend to all living things. Even the smallest bug was safe in her midst. All her pets throughout her life were rescues and lucky to be in her care.
Goldie was a beautiful person inside and out and lived a “wonderful, blessed life” as she would say. Throughout her life, she always found a reason to be happy, never feeling down for long. She had a great sense of humor about herself and life in general. Those who knew her well would agree that having a good laugh with Goldie made your day.
Goldie’s favorite things were: flower-gardenia, dessert-apple pie, color-red, song-Loving You by Elvis Presley, holiday song-Little Drummer Boy, holiday-Thanksgiving, passage-I Don’t Regret A Mile by Howard Goodman, quote-Keep On Keeping On, and pastime-reading. Her perfect day was sitting in the backyard on a warm day with a glass of ice tea, reading a good book and listening to the birds sing. When we have the joy of experiencing these things in our life, we will think of her with a smile and remember better times.
Goldie graduated high school, married, had children, worked and retired, but what she really did was pass on the best parts of her to those she left behind. Today we, her family, share them with you. In her honor, we will find a reason to laugh every day and will be kind to people, nature and the animals in which we share this earth. We hope you will too.
Goldie is preceded in death by her first husband and father to her children Tracy Lilly as well as her best friend, Tommie Johnson, her parents and her sister, Ruth.
Survivors: Daughter, Julia Lilly and husband, Jason Harskjold of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Lisa Lilly and Kenneth Whitley of Mineral Wells, Texas; grandsons, Tracy Hazelton of Arlington, Texas and Casey Hazelton and wife, Lauren Nickle of Austin, Texas; sister, Jeanne Struve of Dennis, Texas; niece, Cindy Williams and husband, Andy Williams of Springtown, Texas; great-nephew, Brantley Cook of Aledo, Texas; as well as many friends and extended family members; she also left behind her beloved pets, Gabby, Lucy, and Phoebe.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Ilene Williams

    I am so sorry for your loss and I know you will miss her very much, but I also feel she would not want her loved ones to grieve too long but to remember her laughter, her loving spirit and the wonderful memories she has given each one of you. Sincerely, Ilene Williams

  2. Tommy J Davidson

    For me, Goldie was a special lady. She was always gracious and eager to help when asked. She was a dear friend to me when I needed one. I will always remember her for that and keep her in my heart always.

    • Tommy, Thank you so much for these sweet words. Goldie was a great friend and listener. I am happy you were able to know her and that she touched your life.

  3. Goldie’s family and friends are going to miss her so much. But she knew how loved she was and how much joy she gave all of us. We must remember her every day and she will help us to have a smile every day. Goldie and Tommie will be together watching us all.

    • Nita, thank you so much for your post about Goldie. We will remember her every day and definitely every Thanksgiving… her favorite holiday at your house. Love you, Julia

  4. Foy
    July 15, 2019

    I have many great memories of Goldie, beginning with high school. We had alot of laughs together, she shared a picture of she and Tommie–Goldie the little “cowboy” and Tommie the little princess. She said that never changed. So, you can bet they are looking for the smiles and the kindness from all who loved them both.

    • Foy, I do believe they are together now, the same. Thank you for being a part of her life that she loved. She spoke of you often.

  5. I love and miss you beyond belief Aunt Goldie. You were not only my Aunt, but a special friend. I could always talk to you about anything.
    We had so much fun when Julia and I were kids. So many memories. I’ll cherish forever. I love you

  6. Happy Birthday it was always an honor to share your birthday with you.

  7. I will always miss the times we had growing up and cherish them forever. I love you and cant wait to see you again

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