Falmouth – Mrs. Rita M. (Daily) Goodwin, of Falmouth, formerly of Waltham died Monday, February 22, 2021 at JML Care Center in Falmouth following a period of declining health. She was 103.
Rita was born in Boston on November 16, 1917, a daughter of the late Charles and Nora (Ring) Daily. Of the twenty-five decades that America has been in existence, Rita was around for nearly half of them . . . a remarkable achievement.
She grew up in Dorchester where she graduated from the Dorchester High School for Girls in 1934 and shortly after her marriage to West End native Clarence Cooper Goodwin moved to Waltham in the early fifties. They remained Waltham residents until moving to Falmouth in 1977.
Until her retirement, Rita worked as a teller at the former Northeast Federal Savings Bank.
She will long be remembered as a wonderful mother, loving wife, reader, traveler and avid follower of all things current . . . local and national.
The wife of the late Clarence Cooper Goodwin, she leaves her children, Philip Goodwin (Shelby Allen) of Boston and Falmouth and Stephen Goodwin (Marcia) of Waltham; her grandchildren, Stephen Goodwin, Jr. (Teri Condon) of Arlington, Amy Goodwin (Patrick Sullivan) of Atlanta, Georgia, Jean Goodwin (Andrew Zucker) and Elizabeth Sturges (Richard), all of Waltham and her great-grandchildren, Katherine and Cecilia Goodwin, Gerard and Nora Sullivan, Hailey and Will Hunt and Harry and Maggie Sturges.
Funeral services and burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to Waltham High School National Honor Society/Student Santa Program, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452.
Those wishing to view Rita's service may do so by visiting https://my.gather.app/remember/rita-goodwin on Thursday, February 25th at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:
During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.
Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.
These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.
When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit to the venue where they are held should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.
It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.
Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.
Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.
During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance. Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.