Marjorie Matilda Ann Kelsay Goff was born February 18, 1923 the
daughter of the late Millard and Cora Choate Kelsay. She departed
this life Friday, May 20, 2016 at her home.
On June 2, 1946, she united in marriage with her husband of 58
years, Jack Rankin Goff who passed away December 31, 2004. To this
union, one daughter survives—Virginia Ann "Ginger" Goff Scott of
Morgantown, W. VA.
She is also survived by two sister's in-law—Louise Goff and
Christine Goff, and many nieces and nephews.
She had one sister—Hayes Kelsay Neely who preceded her in death.
Surviving are Hayes' children, Marjorie's beloved niece and nephews—
Ellen Hurt, Boyd and Bill Neely and their families.
After graduating from Windy High School, she attended Cumberland
College, Eastern University and graduated from the University of
Kentucky where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and majored in Math
with a minor in English and Literature.
Her teaching career began in 1941 on an "emergency teaching
certificate" at the age of 18. Her first teaching position was Gap
Creek, a one-room school, where she taught students in grades one
A few years later, she transferred to Wayne County Middle School.
After a couple of years, she moved to Wayne County High where she
taught until her retirement in 1984 (42 years).
While a teacher at Wayne County High School, she served as senior
class sponsor, advisor for Future Teachers of America and annual
staff, and was involved in multiple school functions.
She also taught summer school and a college English Course at night
for Lindsey Wilson College. After retiring, her passion for teaching
continued and was demonstrated by her willingness to be a substitute
teacher for the next ten years.
She also enjoyed gardening on the family farm and assisting with
activities at the Wayne County Fair each year.
As a young lady she accepted Christ as her Savior and became a
member of the Gap Creek Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School
and worked in Vacation Bible School. Later in life, she and Jack
moved from the farm to town and she became a member of the Monticello
First Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member until her
health failed her.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at
the First Baptist Church in Monticello, Ky. with Bro. Dennis Wheeler
officiating. Burial was in the Elk Spring Cemetery.
The family request expressions of sympathy be made to the First
Baptist Church or Marjorie Goff Scholarship Fund at Wayne County High
Hickey and Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on June 7, 2016