Dec 162011

Jennifer L. Good

Jennifer Lynn Good, 46, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Flagstaff Medical Center with her family by her side. Memorial services in Holbrook are pending. A final service will be held in the spring at the family ranch near Durango, Colo.

She was born on Jan. 27, 1965, in Big Spring, Texas, and was raised in Arkansas and Aztec, N.M. She graduated from Aztec High School, then received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales and her master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Jennifer began her teaching career in Deming, N.M., then taught in Las Cruces, N.M., and Albuquerque, N.M., before moving to Holbrook in 1992. The following year she began work as a special education teacher at Park Elementary School.

No one loved nor identified with their work more than she. Jennifer felt blessed to be able to help those who needed it so much, and spent many of her waking hours dreaming up things to stimulate those little minds left in her care.

With her help her students learned the value of helping others through their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at Park School. Her favorite task was preparing them to take a “camping trip” to Woodland Lake Park. For weeks they studied the creatures they might see there, as well as the plant life and other outdoor lore. She knew that such experiences were essential not only to her students’ development as readers, but also as well-rounded individuals. It pleased her when they returned later to ask, “Do you remember when we went camping?”

She was well read and well traveled, and liked nothing better than to fly in an airplane and stay in a fancy hotel. She was a talented writer, and an accomplished painter, gardener and chef.

Jennifer was a sensitive soul who overcame many obstacles in her short life. She was kind and gentle, witty and wry, and had a heart as big as the sky. She was loved and will be missed so very much.

Survivors include her folks, Bob and Margaret Baird of Durango and Bullhead City; her brothers, Jeff Good and his wife Amber, and their children Foster and Lucy, all of Fort Worth, Texas, and Rick Baird, his son Ricky II and his grandson Jace, all of Farmington, N.M.; her partner of nearly 20 years, Francie Payne of Holbrook; her aunts, Patsy McTee, Adele Beckham, Peggy Williams and Barbara Ringwald, all of Texas; and her babies, Goldie and Moxie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Holbrook Animal Control, P.O. Box 970, Holbrook, Ariz. 86025.

Norvel Owens Mortuary of Flagstaff was in charge of the arrangements.