Elizabeth Carol Deaver Goodwin, age 72, died on February 17, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born on January 22, 1949 in Kinston, North Carolina. She married Robert John Goodwin on April 17, 1975 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Liz attended Lenoir Community College in Kinston NC, Ricks College in Rexburg ID, and Brigham Young University in Provo UT with a B.A. in Elementary Education.

She was a long-term volunteer in Johnston County NC Schools in the 1980s & 1990s (including “Volunteer of the Year” award in 1992). More recently, she was long-term substitute teacher in the Granite School District and school librarian at Silver Hills Elementary in West Valley City 2010 to 2018. She loved teaching young children, particularly in reading. She was especially excited to teach her young grandson Jeremy in her home right up to the time of her hospitalization.

Liz was a life-long active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had numerous callings, including Ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary Presidents, Stake Cultural Arts Specialist, Stake Float Chair (float “Nauvoo Belle” won Ensign Award in 2007 Days of ’47 Parade), Seminary Teacher (Garner NC Ward Seminary and Cyprus HS Seminary in Magna UT), Temple Ordinance Worker (Jordan River Temple), and other teaching & music callings.

She began playing piano at age 8 and for Church meetings in North Carolina at age 12. She has served in many Church music capacities throughout her life, including piano and organ accompanist (many times with her husband directing), music director, choir director, and teacher.

Liz loved to cook for her family, having learned from her mother as a youth. In a healthy Southern tradition, she liked to include multiple types of cooked vegetables at dinnertime.

As an empty-nester with her husband, Liz became an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and the BYU and University of North Carolina basketball and football teams.

She is survived by her husband Bob; daughters Heather Frances (Dan) Deuel, Ashley Goodwin, and Samantha (Scott) Wood; grandchildren Jeremy Wood, Nate and Maddie Deuel; sisters Peggy Jean (Ronald) Pate, Joyce Ann (Gene) Bear, and Charlene (Aaron) Meadows; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.

She is preceded in death by her parents Horace Edward and Frances Evelyn Sugg Deaver.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Hunter 16th Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2811 South 6400 West, West Valley City, Utah.

Viewings will be held at Memorial Redwood Mortuary, 6500 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah on Monday, February 22 at 6:00 to 8:00 PM and at the church at 10:00 to 10:45 AM prior to the funeral services.

Interment will follow at Memorial Redwood Cemetery, 6500 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah.

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6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Feb 19, 2021

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NEXT Deborah Claire Hansen Reed-Holman Deborah Claire Hansen Reed-Holman


Dear Bob, Goodwin Girls, and family,

I'm praying for peace and comfort to y'all during this time. She was an amazing librarian, friend, and co-worker. Thanks so much for sharing her with all of us at Silver Hills Elementary. She loved her position and loved her sugar bears, aka students! I will miss her smile, laugh, and good 'ole southern charm!

Robin Harman

Robin Harman , Murray, UT, US Feb 23, 2021

Robin - Thank you for your kinds words! Thank you to all the Silver Hills Elementary Family for your love and support. I know that our mom enjoyed working with all of you. Please give our love to all the "Sugar Bears" and "Love Bugs." - Goodwin, Deuel, and Wood Families

Heather Deuel , Ogden, UT, US Feb 28, 2021

So sorry to hear of your loss Bob. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

W Christopher & Debbie King , Hayden, ID, US Feb 22, 2021

Christopher & Debbie - Thank you! We have felt the power of those prayers, and they have helped give us peace. - Goodwin, Deuel, and Wood Families

Heather Deuel , Ogden, UT, US Feb 28, 2021

My prayers are with you family Liz. God Bless

Christie Haslam Feb 22, 2021

Christie - Thank you! Our family has felt the power of those prayers. They have helped given us the peace that we need. Thank you! - Goodwin, Deuel, and Wood Families

Heather Deuel , Ogden, UT, US Feb 28, 2021

Heather and Family-

I am so sorry your family is experiencing such a loss. My heart goes out to you.


Andrew Soderquist , Farmington, UT, US Feb 20, 2021

Andrew - My family and I thank you for your kind words and for the support you and the Big-D Family have given to me, especially. Thank you! - Heather & Family

Heather Deuel , Ogden, UT, US Feb 28, 2021