Beth Emily Goeden (Edict) was born January 6, 1938 in Iron Mountain, MI. She was the youngest child of seven and the first to be born in a hospital. Her home was in Hot Springs Village, AR at the time of her passing on November 21, 2019.
Beth’s beloved parents were Lee Edward Edict and Bertha Anna Rosalie (Schwabe). They raised a large family during the depression and World War II. On a small Niagra, WI farm they thrived, finding joy in turning hard work and austere resources into a rich life. Beth fondly reminisced about sledding, hot summer days ending with a swim on Timms Lake, fishing and hunting for meals, pumping water, caring for chickens, pigs and horses, running to the outhouse on cold winter nights, and receiving a lot of attention from a loving family who doted on her, the baby of the family.
She was a talented student and attended Niagra, WI schools while active in 4-H, bible study, and choir. Those who heard her sing in church remembered her beautiful voice their entire life. In 1955, Beth graduated from Niagra, HS and went on to collegiate studies to become a legal secretary, working in law offices in Manitowoc, WI and Milwaukee, WI.
She and husband Dan Crooks raised their two girls in Milwaukee. Beth advanced her career, eventually becoming a successful business owner of financial services. Beth enjoyed her work and the travel involved as she met with clients while honing her excellent organizational, sales, and supervisory skills. She also enjoyed Toastmasters, swimming, camping, snowmobiling, hunting, friends, decorating, and became an expert cook and hostess. If you knew her, she fed you, and you liked it!
In early retirement, she enjoyed lake living with husband Paul Warzala. These years on Lower Genesee Lake in SW Wisconsin were full of music, parties, family fun, ice-skating, tubing, and outdoor living as well as volunteer work for charitable and political causes. They moved to Cape Coral, Fl and learned to navigate the ocean right from their backyard channel pier. More lifelong friendships began.
After Paul’s death, Beth was blessed to find love and marriage again with Kenny Goeden. They enjoyed years together in West Bend, WI; Daytona, FL; and moved to Hot Springs Village, AR in 2007. These happy years were filled with rich friendships, gardening, boating, travel, cooking, and entertaining. Beth became a Christmas cookie celebrity, baking and distributing thousands of cookies across the village and to friends and family all over the country. Kenny and Beth could often be seen taking a drive in their red hot-rod, with their dog, Nosey, on her lap. Beth served in leadership positions in the Village Pines Garden Club and Vapor Valley Questers as she used the skills accumulated over a productive life to serve her community. In her final days, she said she was still here to tell us to enjoy this beautiful, wonderful world and to love God and each other.
Beth is survived by her husband, Kenny Goeden; daughters, Julie Beth Gibeault (Glenn) and Amy Lou Jenkins (Paul); Sisters, Evelyn Patterson, Lillian Leonard; Grandchildren, Justin Gibeault (Nicole), Colleen Forque (Frank), Sally Sniedze (John), Dylan Jenkins (Maggie); Great-grandchildren, Sean, Shane, Julian, Allison; Step-children, John Goeden (Jeanette), Debbie Kugath (Nat), Scott Goeden; Step-grandchildren, Chris, Brian, Jessica, Brittany, Kattie; Step greatgrandchild, Sage; and Step-children, Sandy Beach (Frank), Paula Warzala, Jeff Warzala; Step-Grandchildren, Cassie, Jamie, Jonathan, and Nick.
She is preceded in death by Paul Warzala, Dan Crooks; Parents, Lee Edward Edict, Bertha Anna Rosalie (Schwabe); Edict Siblings, Lee (WWII), Kenneth, George, and Alice Welch.
Arrangements entrusted to Caruth-Hale Funeral Home, HSV, AK and Village Bible Church, HSV, AR with services planned for December 4, 2019 at 10 am. Visitation: 9 am. Services: 10am. A reception will follow.
A Wisconsin service will be planned for July, 2020. Watch her beth-edict-goeden.muchloved.com memorial site for details.
If you would like to offer a memorial to honor Beth, contributions to
Gloria Alford, President
Vapor Valley Questers
26 Emanuel Drive
Hot Springs Village, AR, 71909