COOPERSTOWN – Georgia Goodspeed, a long-time resident of Cooperstown, died early Tuesday morning, November 1, 2022, at Albany Medical Center with the comfort of her loving family by her side and is now with God and her true love, Jerry. She was 78.
Born November 18, 1943, at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Georgia was one of three children of the late Elizabeth Downes and George Flint.
In her youth, her father worked on many farms in the area, so Georgia attended several schools throughout Otsego and Delaware Counties. She eventually attended Cooperstown Central School and graduated with the Class of 1962.
That same year, she married Jerry “Boo-Boo” Goodspeed in a ceremony held October 6th in the Cooperstown Methodist Church.
For over twenty years, Georgia was employed as a maid at The Otesaga. She later worked at Bassett Hospital in their housekeeping department.
In her leisure, Georgia enjoyed having a good time with family and friends. An avid fan of NASCAR, she also enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, embroidery and was well-known for her spaghetti, mac and cheese, baked beans, cookies and pies. Her family looked forward to her making their favorite dessert for their birthdays and her Christmas sweets. She also had a lot of fun decorating her home in Toddsville for the various holidays, most especially Halloween, Christmas and Easter. She enjoyed travelling with Jerry, having their camper in tow, visiting loved ones, attending many races rooting for Mark Martin, and collecting spoons along the way. They enjoyed a trip to Alaska, and visiting Mt. Rushmore and Alcatarz were other travel highlights. Annual Labor Day weekend celebrations at their Ponderosa, where she was the official corn hole tournament scorekeeper chief of chiefs and proudly received the first Boo-Boo Memorial Good Sport Award, will be fondly remembered. She was always the number one fan and supporter for family member’s sports and activities. She loved attending and cheering at quad races and rode in the local parades honoring Jerry and veterans.
She was happiest when surrounded by her family, especially her cherished grandchildren, great grandchildren and grand fur babies. She was a devoted wife and mother, grandmother and “GG.” Her smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by family and friends. They enjoyed special memories playing board and card games, learning later in life that had followed “GG’s Rules.”
Georgia is survived by three daughters, Betty Steele and husband, Tom, of Hartwick, Sue Gage of Edmeston, and Sherri Goodspeed and fiancé, Gordie Marshall of Fly Creek; three grandchildren, Jimmy Goodspeed, Michael Gage and wife, Michele, and Jessica Talbot and husband, Mikey; and three great grandchildren, Lily Luna Musgrave-Goodspeed, Breona Hope Talbot and Rylan David Talbot; and her faithful and beloved kitty, Cuddles. She is further survived by a brother, Frank Flint.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 ½ years, the love of her life, Jerry; her parents; a sister, Catherine Williams; and precious cat, Midnight.
In accordance with Georgia’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. She will be privately laid to rest with Jerry in Hartwick Cemetery.
The Goodspeed family respectfully requests that memorial donations be directed to the Susquehanna SPCA, 5082-5088 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.