Mardel (Howser) Goins passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family, in Curtin, Oregon on Aug. 21, 2013. The daughter of Delmer and Helen Howser, she was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. She met and married Erwin Goins in 1955 and moved to Curtin, where they set up housekeeping for the next 58 years.
Many people will remember Mardel as the lady who sold them apples and peaches at the family orchard, The Funny Farm. She also made and shared quilts, quillows and baby blankets throughout the community as gifts from her heart.
She was the mother of 10 children: Stanley of Curtin, Marvin of Cottage Grove, Clyde of Scio, Ramona Campbell of La Grande, Jason of Hoonah, Alaska, Clifford of Cottage Grove, Elizabeth Fitch of Toledo, Wash., Agnes Hosey of Portland, Ore., Rachel Sankokirchen of Vancouver, Wash., and Windell of Cottage Grove. As a mother of great faith, she put her trust in the Lord to help her raise her children.
She also loved 24 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and any number of people she tucked under her wing as God led them to her.