Anna Elizabeth Goodier
Anna Elizabeth Goodier, of Santa Barbara, CA died on September 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 85 years of age.
Ann was born in Bakersfield, CA on December 6, 1928 to Ruth H. (Lambert) Hengehold and Felix F. Hengehold of Taft, CA. As an infant Ann suffered from prickly heat, and in 1929 her father Felix, on the advice of the family’s physician, moved his family from Taft to Santa Barbara in search of a cooler climate.
Ann grew up in Santa Barbara, attended local schools, and as a young teenager during WWII worked in her father’s grocery store, ‘The Barbara Store’, at the intersection of Chapala and Ortega streets. She was a graduate of Santa Barbara Catholic High School and also attended the Santa Barbara College of the University of California. At age 16 she first met the young man who would later become her husband, Lewis Goodier, while on a horseback riding outing with friends at Hendry’s beach. On August 22, 1950 Ann and Lew were married at the Santa Barbara Mission. They had three children and were married for 55 years.
In addition to being a loving wife and devoted mother, Ann pursued a long career in fashion and clothing sales at I. Magnin and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores. She attracted a devoted clientele who came to her because of her sense of style and her gentle but uncompromising honesty. The consummate professional, Ann’s greatest reward was in knowing she helped her clients look their best, and she cultivated friendships with some of Santa Barbara’s most prominent citizens through her work. They found in Ann a timeless classiness, discretion, and a sympathetic ear. She retired at age 79.
The time spent at work did not detract from Ann’s devotion to her home and family. Ann cultivated a beautiful garden and adorned her home with flowers, ornamentals, and fruit trees. She was an ambitious cook and her home was often filled with the aroma of prime rib on Sunday evenings when the family would gather for dinner. In addition to her devotion to her husband, children, and extended family, Ann was a lover of animals: she delighted in the covies of quail that dashed about her property and in stroking her beloved cat. Ann’s gentle sweetness, grace, wry humor, and unassuming integrity will be sorely missed.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her brother and only sibling Louis F. Hengehold, and her husband Lewis E. Goodier III. She is survived by her children Lewis E. “Ward” Goodier IV of Santa Paula, CA, Nan G. Mills and her husband David of Santa Barbara, Jon L. Goodier and his wife Robyn of Austin, TX, and by her grandchildren Kai Mills and Kate, Anabelle, and Lucy Goodier. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, with whom she was very close.
At Ann’s request, no formal services are planned. In lieu of gifts, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara or Serenity House, both of whom the family wishes to thank for their expert care during Ann’s final days.