Ebba Goodwin


Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Former Juneau resident Ebba Goodwin died Jan. 1, 2007, peacefully at her home in Seattle. She was 97.

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She was born Aug. 3, 1909, in Chicago. She was one of two children to Frank and Ida Johnson, who had emigrated from Sweden. She studied to become a medical technician at North Park College and at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 1939, she married Dr. Robert Windsor. They lived in Fergus Falls, S.D.

Following the death of her husband, she moved to the West coast. She took up flying and was proud of the fact that in 1946, she "logged in seventeen hours of solo work." This attracted the attention of Dean Goodwin, an Alaska pilot with his own air charter business whom she met in a Portland, Ore. hospital. They were married on June 4, 1955, at the First Christian Church in Portland.

The couple operated Dean Goodwin Air Service out of their home at mile two of Glacier Highway for over 25 years. She managed the office, handled the bookkeeping and conducted radio communication operations.

Her other interests were membership in chapters D and G of the Philanthropic Education Organization. She served as an officer in both chapters and a delegate to the PEO national convention in 1967. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and often prepared Scandinavian dishes for her friends in Juneau. She and her husband were active in the Republican Party. She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church before leaving Juneau in 1987.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Church of Holy Trinity, c/o Rev. George Silides, 416 Harris #206, Juneau, AK, 99801.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. on Friday at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church.

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