Virginia M. Goodsell
Virginia M. Goodsell died peacefully at her home on March 10, 2017. Virginia M. Goodsell was born June 14, 1922 to Frank & Edna (Sommerhauser) Barnes in Denver, CO. At age 14, Virginia lied about her age and began working at Montgomery Ward after school and on weekends to help support her family after her father broke a hip. She graduated from St Francis De Sales High School in Denver. In the fall of 1942, she went to work for the War Service at Camp Hale, CO. She transferred to Fort Logan and later to California Quartermasters Office in Oakland, CA. After the war, she married William Goodsell, her long time friend, on July 3, 1947 in Denver, CO. Bill and Virginia moved from Denver to the Springs area in 1953. Virginia worked several jobs here including when she was the Elections Supervisor for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder. While she was there, she brought in the first voting machines to El Paso County. Later she worked for the Postal Service. She retired from the Postal Service in 1984 and began to travel with her husband until he passed away in 1998. Since Bill's death, Virginia traveled across the country with her two daughters' families, in their motor homes. Virginia is survived by her daughters Judy (Gary) Miller and Ginnette (Brian) Ritz, and three grandchildren Will (Crys) Miller, Scott (Jessie) Ritz, and Elizabeth Ritz. Over the years, Virginia was active in politics, was a member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, enjoyed attending the Symphony, and was active in establishing the Divine Redeemer Catholic Church. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her loving family. Virginia was a very strong woman, strength of character, beliefs, and a grip that could hold onto you for a long time.
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