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Joan Goodwin, who made significant contributions to removing drugs and alcohol issues from Shelby County, died Friday at Masonic Home Shelbyville. She was 80.
Goodwin was a founder and former director, from 2001 to 2008, of the Shelby County Drug/Alcohol Advisory Council, now Shelby Prevention and also had worked with the Shelbyville Police Department’s Advisory Council.
“She was a lovely lady; she had a heart of gold. I was truly sorry to hear she had passed,” said of Stewart Shirley, a retired Shelbyville Police Chief who had worked with Joan Goodwin when she was involved with the council.
Elizabeth Pulliam, directory of Shelby Prevention, said she had heard that Goodwin’s health had begun to deteriorate shortly after her husband, Frank, died in 2011.
“She was actually one of the founders of Shelby Prevention, back in the nineties,” Pulliam said. “She was one of the first people to organize it and get it started and help get grants for it. She was a warm, welcoming person, and she was just very passionate about helping others. If it was not for her, Shelby Prevention as we know it would not exist today.”
Goodwin, a native of Camden, N.J., was married to the late Francis Goodwin Jr. and had two sons, Francis Goodwin Jr. of Vermont and Rodman Goodwin of Chicago, and a daughter, Megan Goodwin of Michigan, and three grandchildren.
A former schoolteacher, Goodwin was also an elder of Shelbyville First Presbyterian Church and was a board member of the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse, as well as an alumnus of Leadership Shelby. She was named Shelby Citizen of the Year in 2001, an honor that Shirley said he was glad to see her receive.
“She was so deserving of that,” he said. “She was such a sweetheart.”
Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty agreed.
“She was a very special lady,” he said.
Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said he was very fond of Goodwin and was very saddened to hear of her death.
“She was such a wonderful person; I was really knocked for a loop when I heard,” he said. “She and her husband, Frank – they came down here from Michigan because of his job as manager of Budd [Budd Company] – they really made Shelby County their home, and both of them did so much for the community.”