Anne Clymer Goddard


Anne Clymer Goddard passed away on April 15, 2013.

Anne was born in 1920 in Denison. She graduated from Denison High School where she achieved the honor of state champion in debate. In 1941 she graduated from Southern Methodist University, where she competed on the debate team and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, an association she enjoyed throughout her life.

During World War II she worked in our country's domestic support effort. Upon conclusion of the war in 1945, she married returning Capt. James Goddard, known to friends as "Pancho." They raised their children and lived in Denison, Center, Longview, Nacogdoches, and lastly at Emerald Bay on Lake Palestine.

She was valued as counsel; friends and family alike sought her advice. An avid card player and always sharply dressed, her zest for life enlivened the room wherever she was. She and her husband Pancho were expert dancers, attracting admiration at the many big band events they attended.

Anne Goddard was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Mavis Bryant; and her brother, Ray Clymer.

She is survived by daughter, Karel Kay and husband Floyd Ciruli, of Denver, Colo.; son, Scott Goddard and Kay Merritt, of Denison; brother, Charles Clymer and wife Francais, of Dallas; her much beloved granddaughters, Elly and Ashley and their husbands Nolan Harris, of San Clemente, Calif., and Bret Barker, of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Jack Harris, Cole Harris and Scout Ava Barker; and cherished nieces and nephews, Dr. Mavis Anne Bryant, James Bryant, David Bryant, Drew Wilcoxen, Francie Miller and Jim Wilcoxen.

A memorial service is scheduled for May 11, 2013, at Emerald Bay Community Church.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 19, 2013