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.
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.