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Eunice Adeline Goddard Keimig passed from this earth into the love of Heaven eternal on December 30, 2022.
Born in Torrington, Wyoming on September 3, 1921, Eunice was a true Wyoming pioneer of her time.
Her early life was spent on the Goddard Ranch where home was a sod house but had a wooden floor, the first in that part of Wyoming. Eunice was the third child born to Charles and Ada Goddard. Her siblings included her older brother, Chet and sister, Louise, followed a few years later by a sister, Dorothy. Stories abound about Eunice being quite the cowgirl in those days riding her horse bareback across the hills and prairies.
Life was hard but family was special to the Goddard household and at the age of 14 her parents sold out and moved to Weiser, Idaho and a farm there. Shortly afterward her father passed away leaving Eunice, Dorothy and their mother making the decision to move back to Wyoming while Louise, now married, remained in Idaho. Eunice and Dorothy were farmed out to family members in the Sheridan, Wyoming area while their mother worked.
Eventually their mother moved back to Torrington where Eunice finished High School and is now listed as the last sole survivor of the class of 1938.
Not long after high school Eunice married Edwin J Keimig who had been a neighbor of some distance from the Goddard ranch.
Jack, as he was known, and Eunice worked the Keimig ranch for several years until being interrupted by WW 2. By now they had their first child, Gary and a year plus later, Alan.
With Jack stationed in Alaska during the war, Eunice was living back in Torrington. Several years later, a daughter, Kathy was born in 1945 in Casper, Wyoming.
By the end of WW2, the family had moved to Casper where Jack had taken a job with Service Pipeline Company. Several years were spent at the west edge of Casper in a Govt. housing project and where a second daughter, Donna entered the family in 1947.
A yearning for country life found the family purchasing several acres south of Casper at the foot of Casper Mountain and the "House that Jack Built" was constructed using salvage materials from railroad water tanks and box cars. With Eunice as a help mate it was several years of construction before the family moved in.
Eunice was heavily involved with her four children and the church. In 1958, Jack and Eunice and 23 other people began Bethel Baptist Church. The church was a big part of Eunice's life.
Eunice and Jack moved to Farmington, New Mexico in 1994 to be near their youngest daughter, Donna. Shortly thereafter Jack passed away. Eventually Donna became her mother's devoted care giver.
Eunice was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, her parents, Charles and Ada Goddard, brother Chet, sisters Louise Goddard Thomas and Dorothy Goddard Leach, and grandson, Kelly Tescher. She is survived by her four children, Gary (Vicki) of Dubois, Wyoming; Alan (Carol) of Auburn, Washington; Kathy (Jim) of Union, Oregon, and Donna Liebert, Farmington, New Mexico. Eunice was the proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 28 great-great grandchildren.
Eunice leaves an instilled pioneer legacy to all who knew her, and we all know upon entry into Heaven she was greeted with, "Well done, good and faithful servant!"
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