Francis Ruth Goodrich

22 July 1921 - 23 October 2018

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Francis Ruth Goodrich

Montpelier - Francis Ruth Goodrich died quietly at home, October 23, 2018. Ruth was loved deeply as the foundation of the family and will be missed for her love, and beautiful laughter. Her family is grateful for the gift of life, for her compassionate support, and for her dedication to them.

She was the daughter of Robert and Ethel (Jangraw) vonEtte. Born July 22, 1921 in Montpelier, Vermont. Ruth was married for 72 years to John Winston Goodrich, who predeceased her in 2013.

Ruth graduated Valedictorian from St. Michael's High school in Montpelier, Vermont, in 1937. She worked for the State Department in Montpelier, at the University of Vermont in Burlington in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry; and, for Aramco in Saudi Arabia.

Ruth was an incredibly creative artist. She began painting at 65 years of age and in the last 2 years of her life finished over 70 paintings. Ruth dreamed of traveling as a child and she and John traveled all over the World.

She is survived by her eight children, Anne Low (Dr. Paul Low), Dr. John Goodrich (Elizabeth), Deborah Lavigne (Michael), Pamela Goodrich, Ellen Goodrich, David Goodrich (Alice), Steven Goodrich (Doreen), and Christine Goodrich Neuhardt; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild as well as her brother Robert vonEtte.

Visiting hours will be held at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, on Sunday, October 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday October 29, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Vianney Church, South Burlington, VT with burial to follow at St. Augustine Cemetery, Montpelier. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, VT, 05403. To send online condolences to her family please visit

Special thanks to St. John Vianney Church, especially Father Patrick Forman, the UVM Medical Center team, VNA care givers especially Pam, and Dr. Gil Theriault.

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