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Jane Goodwin

November 26, 1940 — December 26, 2023


Jane Goodwin

Asheville - Jane Goodwin passed away peacefully in Asheville on Dec 26th, the day after her favorite day of the year.

Jane was born Martha Jane Blankenship & raised in Rutherfordton, NC. An all-state basketball center & school newspaper editor, she graduated from Western Carolina University in 1957.

Her career as an English teacher allowed her to see Lee Edwards become Asheville High and St Eugene's become Asheville Catholic Community School, with stints at North Buncombe HS & Independence HS in Charlotte. While at Providence HS, she even coached a student to a National Debate Championship. Being a teacher was not just a job: it was who she was to her core. Whether teaching her famous "point of view" class, helping a student write a speech or a headline for the newspaper, or giving kids their first taste of Shakespeare, she lived to help people learn how to learn.

She was oft widowed. Art Young, Bob Yelton, Barry Goodwin, and Bobby Lee Sudduth all shared time and love with her in this life. She also loved the fur-babies she got to have, always feeling incomplete without a devoted dog by her side.

But most of all, she was a loving sister & mother. She is survived by her sister & brother-in-law Norma & Jim Andrews of Spindale, NC, & her daughter Amy Young of NYC.

Donations in her memory can be made to Helpmate, 35 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801, an organization which provides domestic violence services in Buncombe County.

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