Elizabeth C. “Liz” (Markey) Goodroad

Elizabeth C. Goodroad

August 2, 1962 – November 24, 2018

Preceded in death by mother, Patricia Markey.  Survived by loving husband of 35 years, Tim; sons, Dan and Jim; daughter, Kathleen Camp (Patrick); father, Everett Markey; brothers, Tom Markey (Suzi) and Tim Markey (Mary Jo); sisters, Jeanne Hightower (Steve), Julie Houser (Steve), Laura Allen (Charlie), and Anne Gordon (Bill); father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Patricia Goodroad; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Robbie Goodroad, Paul and Danette Goodroad, Joe and Shareen Goodroad; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, Nov. 29th at 10:30am, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 3601 N. 65th Street.  Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Bernard Catholic Church.

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HER SMILE…

Elizabeth Cecilia was born on August 2, 1962 to Everett and Patricia Markey in Omaha, Nebraska, the fifth of seven children and the only true redhead like her dad.  Her mom wanted her to be called Elizabeth or Beth but the minute she arrived at home and her dad called her “Lizzie” and she became Liz forever. 

Liz attended Holy Name through her freshman year in high school.  Liz and her younger sister Laura became known as the “little girls” in the family.  Always together and dressed alike much of the time, Liz did not like leaving Laura when she had to go to school.  Every day Laura waited for her and Liz would “teach” Laura what she learned that day so Laura could help her get her homework done faster so they could go out and play. 

In high school, Liz excelled in academics and sports.  She graduated from Benson High School in 1980 with many accomplishments.  Senior year she was recognized as Benson High’s “Queen of Sports.”  Liz lettered in every sport, every season freshman year through senior year.  She was a member of National Honor Society.  Junior year she was selected as a Nebraska Girls State Representative for Benson High. 

Liz began college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha upon graduation but her path to a degree was not completed for many years.  At the age of 19 she began working at the OPPD Credit Union part-time, going full-time later thus postponing college for a bit.  Liz graduated from UNO with a degree in business and finance roughly twenty years later.  Liz did outstanding work in reaching her college goal but it bothered her to get a few “B” grades along the way.  Of course, she felt that she did not have that much to do that she should have put more effort into it—right?  She earned her degree while working full-time, raising her three beautiful children, coaching youth sports, playing in volleyball leagues with friends and family, and taking care of the love of her life, Timmy G. 

Liz and Tim were high school sweethearts. Their first kiss was at Lake James park when they met during sophomore year.  Tim says he knew from that moment Liz was the girl for him forever.  It took Liz a little longer figure that out and they began dating at the end of their junior year.  Tim said that during that time his friends knew he wanted to date Liz but told him he would have a hard time getting her to go out with him because she seemed very involved with another guy.  Tim knew he had no worries because that “guy” was Liz’s cousin and best friend Ted Nilius. Once together, Liz and Tim double dated with Ted and his high school sweetheart and future wife, Vicki.  Amazingly, just last week Liz was so thankful to have been able to share a meal with Ted and Vicki when they were in town for our cousin’s funeral.    

Liz and Tim married at Holy Name on July 22, 1983.  Instead of going directly on their honeymoon, Liz and Tim stayed to be in their other friend’s wedding the next day.  This was John and Sue Keyser, also high school sweethearts at Benson. Liz has so many special friends from high school that have shared a bond for over forty years.  She cherished each and every one.

Liz and Tim have three children.  Daniel (Dan) was born September 1, 1986.  James (Jim) was born December 14, 1987.  Kathleen (Kathy) was born December 9, 1990.  Liz cherished each of her children dearly.  They were her life.  She was so proud of each of them.  She recognized and treasured their individual gifts. 

Liz loved Dan’s passion for knowledge and books as it was also her passion.  She always talked of the time his Academic Decathlon team competed in Chicago and they stayed at the Palmer House. She was so proud when he graduated from the University of Kansas in Civil Engineering and then when he took a job at OPPD.  She loved carpooling with Dan to work.  It made her day.

Jim says he is his mom’s favorite because he made her laugh the most.  Actually, Liz said all of them were her favorite depending on the day and time.  Liz loved watching Jim compete on the soccer field at Northwest High.  Liz and Jim shared a love of Bakers Chocolate so that it became a ritual on his birthday to go to lunch and drive to Greenwood for chocolates.  He was also Liz’s GO-TO cook.  Jim cooked the main dish and desserts every holiday, including their Thanksgiving celebration last week.  Liz had such a special time with her family that day, putting up the tree and decorating the house, recalling memories of each ornament and decoration with Tim, Dan, Jim and Aunt Kathy.  She included daughter Kathy (in Portland) by calling her and sending pictures/videos so they could all share the time together.

Kathy put beauty and color into Liz’s life with her artistic talents and zeal for fashion.  Liz coached Kathy in volleyball.  It was so fun for Liz to teach Kathy something that meant so much to her.  Liz watched Kathy develop into a wonderful artist and tried to make sure she had the things needed to excel.  Liz loved when Kathy was involved in Omaha Fashion Week and constantly showed off Kathy in her picture wearing the dress made of chocolate. Liz and Kathy enjoyed making up games when travelling like “Hit the Tumbleweed” on trips to Arizona.  They were convinced it was much more fun than the video games the boys were playing in the back seat.

Liz and Tim’s life has been filled with family and friends.  Together they created a life that was rich in time given to all.  Liz and Tim were not always the first to arrive at a party, but were always the last to leave.  Liz was there to help when needed and shared her kindness with all.  One small example of her thoughtfulness was when she went over at the last minute to help iron all of the groomsmen’s suits for John and Sue Keyser’s oldest son’s wedding.  Liz absolutely loved being with her friends and family.  Visiting with Dad, lunch with the sisters or time with her brothers was a priority for Liz. Liz remembered every niece and nephew’s birthday, in fact everyone’s birthday. She rarely missed the Wednesday Ladies night out.  Travelling to Branson with friends and later to many other places were wonderful times for Liz.  She loved being on the water in a boat or swimming.  She continued to play tennis, golf and volleyball until her knees gave her issues.  Sharing a meal out with Liz involved “splizkie”, or splitting a meal.  This was not always just to eat half but she liked to try more than one thing at dinner.  Liz made every day an adventure. Everyone touched by Liz has a fun story to share.  

Liz loved her faith and it meant so much to her that she and Tim shared this bond.  Going to church was important to her for herself and her family.  The last couple years, she began picking up Aunt Kathy to attend church with them when she could no longer drive.  Sundays became more of an adventure beginning with Mass, then breakfast either at AJ’s, Keysers or the Goodroad house, and then a game of Yout.

One of Liz’s greatest joys, along with her family and friends, was working as a manager at the OPPD Credit Union.  She felt so blessed when given the title President.  She gave her all to doing the best job possible because, to her, she wanted to be there for her members.  They were her family too.  She knew all their names and something about them personally.  She cared. She had such a gift of numbers and never needed to look up an account number.  She truly knew every number of every member, thousands in fact. 

Right now, we can be mad at God that it is not fair that she was taken way too soon.  But if Liz were here, she would want to make sure she said “Hi” to all and make us know it will be okay.  She is just visiting with God, Mom and the others in Heaven (probably teaching Mom and Aunt Poe Yout) and will be there waiting for us when it is time.  She loves her Timmy G, her Danny, Jimmy and Kathy and will be watching over them forever. 

Liz touched every one of our hearts with her love.  She leaves us with a gift that will be with us eternally……. her smile.

 

28 Comments

  • Jeff and Cheryl Knudsen Posted November 25, 2018 7:12 am

    We’re sorry to hear that Liz had gone to heaven are prayers are with you Tim and your family.

  • Roxie Freeman Posted November 25, 2018 11:03 am

    Dear Tim and family, please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of Elizabeth. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go though this difficult time. May you find comfort in each other and in knowing that Elizabeth is no longer suffering.

    Roxie Freeman (Joe Wiegand’s mom)

  • Andrea Kama Posted November 26, 2018 8:21 am

    I was honored to know Liz, she always had a smile and a hug for me! She will be so greatly missed,
    my prayers and thoughts are with the GoodRoad family

  • Mary (Roy) Bender Posted November 26, 2018 9:50 am

    I grew up going to Saint Bernards and went through CCD and the sacraments with Dan Goodroad. Tim – you are your wife’s love radiated and was such a beautiful example of marriage and of parenthood to your kids. My prayers are with you and your family during such a difficult loss. A life well lived is a life so missed.

  • Bob & Cherie Tingelhoff Posted November 26, 2018 11:24 am

    Tim and family. We are saddened by the loss of Liz. She will be deeply missed. Our family sends their deepest condolences. Our prayers are with you and family.

  • stacey harris Posted November 26, 2018 1:17 pm

    my deepest sympathy to you and you family, I worked with liz indirectly & she will be deeply missed, my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family in your time of grief, so sorry for your loss

  • Eric Magnuson and Family Posted November 26, 2018 3:40 pm

    Condolences to the whole Goodroad crew. Thinking of you and wishing you comfort and healing.

  • Carol Rhodus Posted November 26, 2018 4:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Liz my prayers are with you all.

  • Lee Harrow Posted November 26, 2018 6:20 pm

    Worked with Liz at the Credit Union for many years She was always professional and easy to work with She will be missed My condolences to the entire family I,m sure she will be an inspiration to you all.

  • Kathy Klein Webber Posted November 26, 2018 7:01 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Liz’s passing. Prayers for all her loved ones and friends during this difficult time. God bless.

  • Jette Hogenmiller Posted November 26, 2018 9:21 pm

    The Goodroad family has been an important part of our lives with Liz’s son Dan going to school with our son Nate. Over the years Liz was s 2nd Mom to Nate and such a precious soul.

    Liz was way to young to have departed this earth… there is no making sense of such an overwhelming loss. As a Mom there is never enough time on earth with our children…may the memories of what a great Mom.. wife… friend Liz was give us some warmth and comfort at the same time it reminds us of the depth of our loss. We will Miss you terribly Liz… know that you made such a positive difference in our lives and we will do our very best to surround your family with love and support.

  • Natalie Leggett Posted November 27, 2018 7:34 am

    It was an honor working with Liz. Praying for her family that God’s peace overtakes you. Celebrate her life. My deepest condolences

  • Deb Radebaugh Posted November 27, 2018 8:11 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Be comforted in your memories.

  • Ruth G Posted November 27, 2018 8:31 am

    I met Liz through the Credit Unions, she was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers go out to all her loved ones.

  • Tevi Lawson Posted November 27, 2018 11:20 am

    My condolences to Goodroads. I work at OPPD, and I have known Liz for 8 years… Liz was a happy person, she always smiled when she greets me and that made me feel so welcome. It broke my heart to know that she left us so soon. It breaks my heart that i will no longer see her when I walk into the Credit Union. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Bob Danielson Posted November 27, 2018 11:40 am

    My condolences Jim to you and your family.

  • Bo Haddad Posted November 27, 2018 1:19 pm

    Liz was always smiling and very helpful. I always enjoyed our conversations, she was very proud of her family. She will be missed. I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to the family..

  • Debra Meyer Posted November 27, 2018 3:06 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I knew Liz through her credit union work. She was an amazing and fun person.

  • Sherri Petersen Posted November 27, 2018 7:36 pm

    Liz was an amazing person and a very bright light during her much too short time here with us. I know that light continues to burn in our hearts. I will miss seeing her beautiful smile.

  • Nikki Sweigard Posted November 27, 2018 7:54 pm

    I am so sad to hear about Liz’s passing. I met her at the gym we both went to and she was always so friendly. We found out that we both attended St. Bernard’s church and I saw her and Tim periodically at events there. My heart goes out to her family at this very difficult time.

  • Judi Martin Posted November 27, 2018 9:20 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Liz.. she was always so sweet to me and all who came into the credit union. She ways asked about our projects underway at OPPD and about what was happening in our lives. Sounds like she had a full life and will be missed.

  • Judi Martin Posted November 27, 2018 9:26 pm

    So sad hearing of the loss of Liz. I visited her often at the OPPD credit Union. She was always so friendly and interested in what we were doing. Sounds like she had a large living family and will be missed.

  • Jodi Baker Posted November 28, 2018 9:09 am

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. I, too, was lucky enough to get to know her through visits to the credit union. She always seemed in a good mood, always smiling and elevating those around her, as well. Her colleagues, here, really adored her and will miss her greatly. Keeping Liz’s family, friends and colleagues in my thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.

  • Janet Anderson Posted November 28, 2018 9:13 am

    I lost one of my dearests friend from Credit Union Land. We met at one of the Leagues Annual Meeting back in the early 80’s. We were put together for a bowling team and became fast friends. After that any meeting that we were both going to we would ride share. We traveled and shared hotel rooms together to save our CU’s money. Well that’s what we told each other, actually we just had so much fun together why not! We have watched each others kids grow up, sharing all the good and sad times together. Oh how she loved her family! I will miss you my friend, and I’m glad we had so many adventures together. I treasure our many memories and all our pictures!
    Tim, Dan, Jimmy and Kathy-your Mom is so loved by so many, and brought such joy to us all. She will always be in our hearts as you all will too. Prayers, hugs and kisses to you.

  • Cathy Day Posted November 28, 2018 1:20 pm

    Prayers to you Tim and all your family. Liz was a great lady and a great credit union leader. I’ve known her for several years and will miss her great smile and her genuine personality that always was uplifting.

  • Dot and Dennis Young Posted November 28, 2018 6:53 pm

    This woman was a gift to our St. Bernard community, and really did radiate a joy that warmed hearts. We are so very sorry for your loss, Tim and family. Know that you are in our prayers during this painful time.

  • Laura Hoeller Posted December 10, 2018 1:44 pm

    I worked with Liz off and on throughout the last 5 years through an informal work partnership. Liz was so friendly every time I’d stop in or call. She was a real pleasure to get to know. I’m truly sorry for your loss, and my thoughts are with your family.

  • Kurt Holdorf Posted July 31, 2020 2:36 pm

    Came across this two years late but wanted to offer my condolences. Liz was a very wonderful person.

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