Fey Ellen Goodwin Gipson, died March 23, 2011 with her sweetheart, truly the love of her life, and family by her side. She was 56 years young when she succumbed after a long bout with cancer. Her life was full of family, extended family, friends and friends she just hadn’t met yet.
Fey was born on April 26, 1954 in Orleans, France while her father and mother, Sergeant First Class J.B. and Ouida Goodwin, were stationed there. But she got to Texas as soon as possible. A true Texan at heart, she spent the rest of her life there making friends along the way in Refugio, Beaumont, Victoria, Austin, College Station and many, many other places.
After graduating from Refugio High School, she went on to complete her studies at Sam Houston State University hand-in-hand with her loving husband and high school sweetheart, Ronnie “Hitter” Gipson. They married August 4, 1972. They shared a life exemplified by love – to God, to each other, and to many foster children and friends.
Although she worked many years in nursing homes and trauma centers as a caseworker, her favorite job was that of homemaker, wife and mother. She was devoted to her family and loved entertaining, especially during the holidays when her door was open to everyone.
There will be a memorial service at First Baptist Church in College Station on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 3 p.m. A private burial in her hometown of Refugio, Texas is planned for a later date.
Her Daddy’s, J.B. Goodwin and Price Johnson precede Fey in death.
Survivors are her beloved husband, Ronnie Gipson; a son, Josh Gipson and wife, Kathryn; daughters, Leah and Rebekah Gipson; foster children, Anthony Cook, Beatrice Lawhorn and Logan Brown; her beloved mother, Ouida Johnson; her brother, James Johnson and wife, Cindy; sister, Donna Johnson and her partner, Karen Sutton; as well as many, many foster children.
Fey has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Emmanuel Lighthouse Mission, ELMS, P.O. Box 4513, Bryan, TX 77805.
To those that missed knowing her in this life, she invites you to learn about Christ and come have long chat over some cold iced tea in Heaven. It’s sure to be a party you don’t want to miss.