Janet Louise Nelson Goodwin

Published 4:40 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Janet Louise Nelson Goodwin, of Columbus, passed away Saturday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2019.

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Fritz and Maude Mahan Nelson. She attended Green Mountain College. 

For many years, Mrs. Goodwin worked for Continental Insurance in Glen Falls, New York, and volunteered at the Glen Falls Library. 

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She and her husband moved to Columbus in 1998, coming from Hudson Falls, New York. She volunteered at the Polk County Library and St. Luke’s Thrift Shop and was the chair of the Tryon Estates Library Committee. 

Janet Goodwin

She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and was an excellent cook and a rug braider.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel C. Brown.

Surviving is her husband of 49 years, Theron M. Goodwin; one daughter, Pamela M. Brown of Manchester Center, Vermont; one stepson, Dean J. Goodwin (Nita) of Cambridge, Maryland; one sister, Judie Prentiss of Ashburn, Virginia; one step-grandson, Trevor Goodwin; and two nieces, Kristen Richards of Syracuse, New York, and Karen Braun of Vienna, Virginia.

A private graveside service will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Polk County Library, 1289 W. Mills St., Columbus, NC 28722; Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity, 1111 Keith St., Hendersonville, NC 28792; or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

An online guest register is available at mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.

McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory,