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Sally Nesbitt Goddard

March 3, 1931 ~ August 17, 2017 (age 86)

Sally Sigman Nesbitt, born March 3, 1931, in Alpena, MI, passed away Thursday August 17, 2017, in Alpena.  Born to the late Dr. William E. & Catherine (Griffith) Nesbitt, Sally was raised in Alpena but had a short stay in Battle Creek, MI, due to Dr. Nesbitt being requested to report to Ft. Custer Medical Reserve.  Once back from WWII, the Nesbitt’s came back to Alpena, where Sally attended Bingham Elementary School then went onto graduating from Alpena High School in 1948.  Sally attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1952, with a Bachelor of Art.  Sally started her career in elementary education, teaching out in Long Beach, California where she met her husband, the late Robert E. Goddard (Nov 19, 1996), where the two of them began their family.   The Goddard family moved to two other states, until they settled down in St. Louis, Missouri.   Sally taught Kindergarten for Parkway Green Trails Elementary and received her Master’s at Webster University of Missouri in 1990.  Sally & Robert officially retired and moved back to Alpena in 1992.  Sally never looked back and enjoyed her life, being with family/grandkids, The Laugh In Group, and just celebrating what life had to offer. 

Surviving are her three children, William Goddard, Philip Goddard, Jennifer Goddard Barnes (Brad); son-in-law, Curt (Cheryl) Volkmann; 5 grandchildren, Sally Volkmann, Retired Marine Cpl. Bobby Volkmann, Active Marine LCpl. Elliott Barnes, Active Marine LCpl. Adam Barnes, and Emma Barnes.

Sally was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah (Goddard) Volkmann and her sister Jeanne (Nesbitt) Wise. 

A Celebration of Life to be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Alpena Michigan in Spring of 2018.  In lieu of flowers, Sally would like donations to go to Trinity Episcopal Church, Alpena, Michigan and St. Timothy Episcopal Church, St. Louis, Missouri.  

Charitable donations may be made to:

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Alpena MI 49707

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