Jill Murphy Goodsell

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit GoodsellJill Murphy Goodsell, a longtime Woodinville resident, died on January 19, 2012 after a nine year battle with breast cancer. She passed into peace at home surrounded by those she loved.

An intelligent, free-spirited woman, Jill was known for her generous nature, irreverent humor and keen intuition. Her command of the English language was precise — though the salty side of her dialoguetended to be a bit much for the uninitiated.

Jill was devoted to home, hearth, friends and food. She was an active and much loved member of the Woodinville Garden Club for 22 years. Her passion for plants, an eye for design and a love of blueconverged to create a garden that was featured in national magazines and on public garden tours.

Jill Murphy was born on July 10, 1952, in Waltham, Mass.,  to Marjorie and James Murphy. She made friends easily which was a blessing, as she slogged through early years as a reluctant Air Force brat. She settled permanently in Seattle in 1974 where an amazing life unfolded before her.

Jill married Nelson Goodsell in December 1984. Daughter Katie soon followed. Despite their divorce in1997, they remained friends.

In her professional life, Jill was the right hand to Michael G. Foster for 22 years. She also sat on the board and was executive director of The Foster Foundation until her death.

Jill helped the foundation further its mission to unpretentiously provide philanthropic support to basic human welfare issues, education, medical research/treatment and cultural activities in the Northwest.

Jill is survived by her remarkable, beloved and devoted daughter, Katie Goodsell Miller and son-in-law, Adam Miller. One of Jill’s greatest joys was being able to attend their recent wedding in April. Katie andAdam were ever vigilant in Jill’s final phase of caring and are models of strength and compassion.

Jill also leaves behind her little baby boy, Pee Wee the Cat, and three brothers: Kit, Alan and KenMurphy. Many friends throughout this community and across the country provided her with love andlaughter. She will long be remembered for her zest in life that continued to the very end.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Jude’s Catholic Parish in Redmond, Washington on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will take place following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name should be made to Northwest Harvest.

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