Madelyn Goddard Rasar, 90, of Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, January 7, 2013, following an illness and hospitalization at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Madelyn was the wife of Black Cat Rasar, mother of Lee Anna Rasar, and a loving cousin and aunt to many nieces and nephews: Terri Goddard Parker, Jennifer Goddard Birchfield, Charles Goddard, Pat Goddard, Louise Brooks, David Goddard, Lynn Goddard, JoAnne Harkin, and their spouses and children and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Lee Anna, her sisters-in-law, Patsy Goddard Longmire, Patti Rasar, Lucy Peters and Sue Ready, her brother-in-law, John Rasar, their children and grandchildren, and her cousins, Matilda, Frank and Elizabeth Green, Rick Myers, Janice Bradley and Myrna Hart and their spouses and children and grandchildren. She dearly loved her family and devoted her life to them. Madgie was preceded in death by her mother and father, Dorothy and Homer Goddard; her husband, Black Cat Rasar; her brothers and sisters, Mildred “Mimi” Ogle, Mary Moore, Harold Goddard, Charles Goddard and Lynn Goddard; her niece, Dottie Moore Griffith; her nephew, Bobby Goddard; and her special aunt, Tid Rasar Bowen.
Madelyn served as a Sunday School teacher for children at the First Baptist Church of Elizabethton and was also involved in youth choir ministry there and with volunteering at a local mission in her younger years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading and music and was a member of garden and book clubs. She especially enjoyed making homemade bread for people and chauffeuring Lee Anna’s friends to after school activities. During her later years she enjoyed traveling with her husband.
Madelyn worked at North American Rayon Corporation and at Happy Valley High School for many years.
Special appreciation is expressed to her friends, who enabled her to remain independent in her later years, Shelby and Jack Hensley, Von and Sally Luther, Gazie Ragep and Eva Phipps, Leonard and Susan Febuary, Bertha Davis, Frank Richardson, Jilla Vandeventer and Carrie Nance. Appreciation is also expressed to the staff at the Elizabethton Police and Fire Departments, the Carter County Rescue Squad, Sycamore Shoals Hospital, First Medical, and Johnson City Medical Center from the nurses and CNAs to the housekeeping staff, catering associates and physician specialists for executing their responsibilities with caring support.
The celebration of life service for Mrs. Rasar will include a pre-service musical reflection at 1:30 p.m. and then the formal service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, at First United Methodist Church, Elizabethton, with Mr. Steve Payne, minister, and Rev. Ray Amos officiating. The musical reflection for the family is open to anyone who wants to arrive 30 minutes prior to the celebration of life service. Music will be under the direction of Lee Anna Rasar, David Arney and Loretta Bowers along with a ladies ensemble comprised of family members joined by Ruthie Rosauer. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Rasar family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.