Edith Helen (Downing) Gooding was born February 23, 1923 in Toledo, Ohio to Alfred and Loretta Downing. She had a brother, Bud Downing (Alfred Downing II). She lived in the Cincinnati, Ohio area until 1933. She moved with her parents, brother and grandparents (Millers) on August 1, 1933 in a touring car, settling in Mayor, Arizona, then moved to Prescott in 1936, then to Cottonwood, Arizona in 1938.
At age 15, Edith went away to the Phoenix Arizona Academy for her high school years. In 1940 she met and married Jim Nash who she then moved to Sisters, Oregon with. They had a daughter, Evelyn Jean Nash (Haberly) who was born April 4, 1941 in Walla Walla, Washington. In 1941 they moved to Laurelwood, Oregon and in 1945, moved to Dayville. In 1952 Edith and Jim were divorced.
On October 20, 1952, she married the love of her life, Harold Gooding. In 1954, they moved to John Day, Oregon where she waited tables and worked at Rutter's Stationary Store. At the time they had the telegram service there. She then went to work for Dr. George Morse until he moved out of the area. Later, she went to work for Rexall Drug Store until she retired in 1976.
She had a strong faith and was a devout member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. She loved her family and her animals. She thoroughly enjoyed people, her friends and family. She passed peacefully at home on March 30, 2019 at the age of 96.
She's preceded in death by her husband, Harold Gooding; daughter, Evelyn Jean Haberly; parents, Loretta (Crook) Downing and Alfred Downing, and brother, Alfred "Bud" Downing.
Survivors include her son-in-law, Byron Haberly; grandson, Gregg Haberly; granddaughter, Lisa Russell (Haberly); four great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.