BELMONT – Mary Elaine Goodridge, 74, went to the arms of Jesus on Wednesday (May 11, 2022) surrounded by her loving family at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Mrs. Goodridge was born in Olean on January 21, 1948 to Gordon M. and Lois Catherine (Jackson) Maynard. She was a 1965 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, Pa. On July 10, 1965 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Millport, Pa., Elaine married the love of her life, Jerry R. Goodridge who survives.
Elaine was primarily devoted to the care and well-being of her family. She later joined the work force by working at Scio Central School as a cafeteria worker and substituting in the office. Before long, she jumped in with both feet and started driving school bus for Scio, which she did for 21 years before retiring in 2010.
Along with her loving husband of 56 years, Elaine is survived by three children, Jerry Carl Goodridge of Belmont, Danny Scott Goodridge of Friendship and Karen Yvonne Goodridge of Lewisburg, Pa.; her siblings, Patricia (James) Kloosterman of Fort Myers, Fla., Donna F. (Terry) Mascho of Bolivar, and Martin Gordon Maynard of Olean; six grandchildren, Jerry David Goodridge of Belmont, Joshua P. Goodridge of Andover, Shelby N. Goodridge of Andover, Megan Goodridge of Salisbury, N.C., Katelyn (Corey) Waters of Wellsville and Luna Goodridge of Lewisburg, Pa.; five great grandchildren, Liam Goodridge, Blake Goodridge, Elaini Goodridge, Leah Waters and Carson Waters; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Elaine was preceded in death by an infant son, Baby Goodridge, whom she now knows intimately in Heaven.
Mrs. Goodridge has battled cancer for a number of years and became well acquainted with her doctors in Rochester. She often tempted them with her blackberry or coconut crème pies. Once she learned they enjoyed Cuba Cheese, it became common practice to include that treat for them when she had to go up for treatments.
Elaine loved life and lived exuberantly. She prized her bus-driving friends dearly, taking great pleasure in their antics and escapades. In truth, she counted all the people in her life as special blessings.
She was a wonderful cook and baker and it was her practice to share with everyone. Her mornings were likely to find someone stopping in for coffee and a taste of the goodies she had just waiting for any friend or family member to come along. She and Jerry truly delighted in sharing their life with others and treasured these times.
Elaine had a heart overflowing with hospitality and love for others. She cherished the holidays and had great joy in making them wonderful for her family. There was always a place for everyone.
She was a long-time member of Genesis Bible Church in Scio and with a grateful heart saw her children follow the Lord as well.
A Celebration of Life service to honor Elaine will be held at Genesis Bible Church, Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home Scio/Wellsville. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Elaine’s name may be made to American Cancer Society B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, 1120 Goodman Street South, Rochester, NY 14620. © 2022 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.
Carl, Danny, Karen and Mr. Goodridge I am so sorry to hear this news. She was a wonderful woman, who was always at her family’s events and was always so nice.
May you find peace in all that she shared with each of you and the world.
Your messageMr. Goodridge, Karen, Carl and Danny, I am so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. I have a lot of memories of my childhood with Karen and Elaine was always welcoming and put up with whatever we were doing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. She will be missed terribly but is perfectly healed now.
Jerry and family, my sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your message I am truly sorry to hear this. Elaine was a classmate of mine. I will always remember her smile and contagious laugh. Prayers from me to her family♥️
I am so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing! I enjoyed her friendship and laughing with her when I wandered out to the bus garage! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
A woman of many of many titles, Grandma G to me!
Hot coffee, salt rising bread, and strawberry jam were a staple back river road home, and all were welcome!
No matter the time of year, whether it be spring gobbler season, or fall soccer, no was not an option when it came to her hospitality!
There was always a hot meal and an open bed available! There also, must have been something in her jam, as it led to her grandson (Josh), becoming a Scio Central School record goal scorer in soccer! (She was very proud)!
Elaine was always there, 5 am or 5 pm, making sure her boys were prepped for the task at hand! Section V finals, or just another day in the woods, she made sure no one went without, and no matter the outcome, she was always our #1 fan!
She was a very caring and sincere woman, not to just us, but also to her community!
Thank You Elaine, you are loved and missed! Please continue to look over us!
I am so very sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!