Elizabeth Ann (Murphy) Goff was called to her Savior’s side on March 7, 2019, at the age of 87. She was born October 26, 1931, to Betty Lou (McGee) and Ellis Eugene Murphy in McAllen, Texas.
When she was 16 years old she met her future husband, John Monroe Goff, Jr., at the swimming pool. They were married on May 27, 1949, and moved to Austin, Texas, while John completed his studies at the University of Texas. In 1951 they moved to the Tri-Cities, Washington, where they raised their six children.
Elizabeth was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and collecting all things “apple”. She really enjoyed creating special birthday cakes and costumes for Halloween and other special occasions for her children. She loved making the holidays extra special for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. During the 1970’s she went into business selling custom draperies.
As a young child Elizabeth accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. She joined the First Baptist Church, Richland, in 1965 and became active with various children’s ministries (Joy Club, Jet Cadets, and Junior Astronauts).
Elizabeth is survived by her six children: John (Marian) Goff, Virginia (Steve) Panther, Susan (Bill) Pogue, Carol (Joe) Jaycox, Barbara Goff, and James “Larry” (Tammy) Goff. Grandchildren John (Yvonne) Goff V, John Panther, David (Cami) Panther, Kathryn Panther, Jennifer (Panther) and Brian Miller, Bradley Goff, Tara Goff, Larisa (Goff) and Connor Teal, Justin Goff, Matthew Goff, Kayla (Goff) and Steven Apostolopoulos. Great grandchildren Caleb Goff, Micah Goff, Jack Panther, Cade Panther, Cole Panther, Melanie Miller and Kendra Miller. She is also survived by her brother Mack’s wife, Jeanne and 2 of her husband’s sisters, Francis and Betsy, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, her parents and two brothers, James McGee “Mack” Murphy and John Thomas Murphy.
There will be a Memorial/Celebration of Life at First Baptist Church of Richland, 1107 Wright Avenue, on Saturday March 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm, preceded by a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Gardens at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tri-City Union Gospel Mission.