Faith Irene Craig Godden, age 87 of West Jefferson, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Kobacker House Hospice. She was born December 17, 1932 in Alton, the oldest daughter of Charles and Mildred Daniels Craig. Faith grew up in West Jefferson, graduated in the Class of 1950 and married her loving husband Willis C. “Red” Godden on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1953. A couple years later they purchased a farm just north of Lilly Chapel and remained there their entire lives. Faith was a homemaker and a farmer's wife, managing the home and farm as the businesses they were, making a tight budget stretch to allow the family to never worry nor be without. She was an avid gardener, seamstress, excellent cook and very talented painter. Faith’s community outreach throughout the years included 4-H advisor, women’s group at church, election poll volunteer, supporter of the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department and so many others. After her children were through college, she shared her painting talent by teaching classes for years throughout Madison and Franklin County. Faith was a well-known and respected teacher for many years and was very active in the National Decorative Painting Society and the Heart of Ohio Tole (HOOT) organizations, serving on the HOOT Executive Board as President and various other positions for many years. The highlight of each year was when she traveled with her HOOT friends to their national convention, having more fun telling tales and creating memories than attending the actual conventions.
Faith was preceded in death by her husband, Willis C. “Red” Godden, her parents Charles Craig and Mildred Daniels Craig, granddaughter Amie Sickles Morgan and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ruby and Arthur Farley. She is survived by her children Robert (Jean) Godden of West Jefferson and Kimberly (Michael) Duncan of Yellow Springs; sister Joan Craig of Tucson; grandson Cory (Melissa) Sickles, Bob Morgan (Amie’s husband) all of Columbus; great grandchildren Josie, Ben and Will Morgan, nieces, nephew and many dear friends.
Family and friends may call 3:00 – 5:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, 1355 W. Main Street, West Jefferson, OH, 43162 where Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Ruth Pribe and Rev. Tim Rash officiating. Burial and Graveside Service will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, West Jefferson. The family would like to express a special thank you to Kobacker House Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society Relay for Life (Madison County) Team: Amie’s Angels at https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay_donate_now&PROXY_TYPE=22&PROXY_ID=2489612&FR_ID=95843 or check to American Cancer Society (Tag: Relay for Life Amie’s Angels) mailed to Cory Sickles, Safe Harbor, 6099 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43017 or Kobacker House Hospice at https://foundation.ohiohealth.com/YEH (please note in the comments field that donation is for Kobacker House).
Faith’s love for family was unending and she was a steadfast example of how to live life with honesty, integrity, faith and love…and how to have fun along the way! She will be deeply missed by many family and friends.
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