Tena Goodwin Wash


Tena Goodwin Wash, 93, formerly of Dallas and Kilgore, passed away on December 1, 2018, in a Tyler hospital.

Mrs. Wash was born in Vivian, Caddo Parish, La., to Baylus R. and Clyde (Rawls) Goodwin on May 25, 1925. Following her high school graduation at Belcher, La., she attended Louisiana State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in music as a triple music major in voice, piano and music education.

When she finished her education, Mrs. Wash moved to Georgetown, Ky., where she met her husband, William R. Wash. They subsequently moved to Dallas, where Mrs. Wash taught elementary school for a number of years. She and her husband lived in Dallas for 38 years before moving to Kilgore in 1993 after retirement. In 2013, Mrs. Wash moved to Palestine to be closer to her daughter and entered a nursing home in 2016.

Mrs. Wash is preceded in death by her husband, William R. Wash; her daughter, Jennifer Wash Horan; her parents, Baylus R. and Clyde (Rawls) Goodwin; sisters, Jeanette Goodwin Anders and Martha Carol Goodwin Hobgood; her twin brother, Baylus R. Goodwin.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Michael) Anderson of Elkhart; grandson, David (Elizabeth) Anderson of Missouri City, Texas; granddaughters, Meghan (Brian) Ashburn of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sarah (Mark) Van Treese of Tampa, Fla.; nephews, John (Helen) Anders of Austin and Bill (Debbie) Hobgood of Lewisville; niece, Amy (Craig) Castleberry of Plano, and six great-granddaughters, Claire, Rosalie and Scarlett Ashburn, Olivia and Whitney Anderson, and Jennifer Van Treese.

Visitation will be held at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore on Thursday, December 6, from 4-6 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at Rader Funeral Home on Friday, December 7, at 10 a.m., with Reverend David Hampton officiating. Graveside services will follow at Danville Cemetery in Kilgore.

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