Barbara Mary Killoran Goodall, 87, fiercely proud of Irish heritage, known as a ‘walking dictionary’ is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Barbara Mary Killoran Goodall
Barbara Mary Killoran Goodall

Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law and friend, Barbara Mary Killoran Goodall, died Aug. 14, 2015, at the age of 87.

Barbara was the only child of John Francis and Mary Jester Killoran; loving wife of Clifford A. Goodall Sr. for 65 years; mother of Clifford A. Goodall Jr. (Sharon Gray) and Patricia Goodall Strawderman (Dennis Strawderman); and grandmother of Dennis Patrick Strawderman (Lila Hussain) and Mary Margaret Strawderman (Aaron Pollock). She leaves behind a host of many loving family and friends.

Barbara was born on March 16, 1928, in Chicago. She attended Trinity High School and Rosary College in River Forest. Prior to starting a family, Barbara worked for a short period of time for Northern Trust Bank in Chicago. When her husband was relocated to New Jersey, she worked and eventually retired from Union Carbide in New Brunswick.

Barbara met and married Clifford, the love of her life, through his sister Eileen, whom she met on her first day at Trinity High School. Eileen invited Barbara to visit the Goodall home to meet her new baby sister, Kathleen, where Barbara met the returning D-Day veteran. Barbara married Clifford on April 22, 1950, and was thrilled to become the honorary “sixth sister” of the clan (which, in addition to Clifford, Eileen and baby Kathleen included Jean, Joan, Helen and Jimmy). It may have been challenging at times for an only child to be thrown into such a large, crazy Irish family but she loved every minute of it!

All who met Barbara were struck by her extraordinarily beautiful ice blue eyes, but those who really knew her were impressed with her kind heart and gentle, caring manner. She excelled in the art of words and was known unofficially as a “walking dictionary.” Barbara had a wide range of hobbies throughout her life, ranging from her successful attempt at growing tomatoes in her suburban garden to playing golf and bridge, to cooking, decorating and flower arranging (and much more!) She loved entertaining and was especially fond of family gatherings during the holidays, often presenting guests with a new recipe or dessert that had captured her fancy.

Barbara was fiercely proud of her Irish heritage and deeply devoted to her Catholic faith, with a special affinity for the Blessed Mother, to whom she often prayed the rosary. She enjoyed volunteering at the local parish churches and schools wherever she lived. She lived a positive and productive life, facing challenges and having adventures that she never imagined. Barbara traveled to many wonderful and exotic locales with her husband and friends, including her beloved Ireland. True to her Irish roots, Barbara enjoyed having a good time and her infectious laughter – with those twinkling blue eyes! – will be remembered by all.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead. A gathering for fellowship and food will be held at the church following the service. Later in the day, a graveside service will take place at a time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Unbound, 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, Kansaa 66103.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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