Rumsey correspondent dies

Stettler Independent columnist Jacqui Goddard, a Rumsey correspondent for the past 50 years, died Saturday at the age of 75.

JACQUI GODDARD

JACQUI GODDARD

Stettler Independent columnist Jacqui Goddard, a Rumsey correspondent for the past 50 years, died Saturday at the age of 75.

For half a century, Goddard penned the Rumsey and district community news for the Independent and the Drumheller Mail.

Goddard was active in the Rumsey community as a supporter of the UCW, 4-H, Sunday school, the Royal Purple and the STARS air-ambulance organization.

She and husband Ernie Goddard were mainstays in the running of the Rumsey STARS ride for more than 20 years.

Jacqui kept a record of each local STARS ride in a large binder — filled with statistics, photos and newspaper clippings.

In an August interview with the Independent, she said she was proud of the Rumsey community for the residents’ hours of volunteer work and their sponsorship of the annual ride.

Besides her husband of 57 years, Godard is survived by three children: Charlene (Rod) Woolsey, Ken (Sharon) Goddard and Linda (and fiancé Earl Leduc); seven grandchildren and one sister.

Goddard’s funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Rumsey Community Hall.