Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation will be two hours prior to service at the mortuary. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Christ Family Church, Bettendorf. Online condolences and tributes may be made to www.TheRungeMortuary.com.
Betty was born June 24, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Thomas and Anna Lamont Nichols. She was united in marriage to William H. Goodworth Sr. on July 7, 1948, in Pennsylvania. He preceded her in death on June 15, 2010.
In 1958, while living in California, she opened the Trop-i-cal Beauty Salon. In 1967, Bill and Betty relocated to Davenport. She worked for Sybils Hats, where she later purchased the business and it became Betty's Wig Boutique, which is still operating. Her presence has been felt largely in the community.
Betty was very strong in her faith; she was a Sunday school teacher and a deacon. Betty and Bill helped start several new churches while living in California. Betty was also one of the founding members of Christ Family Church, Bettendorf. Most recently, she enjoyed her weekly Bible studies.
Through her business, she was able to help others feel beautiful physically and spiritually. She truly felt Betty's Wigs was her calling in life and was always there for others to offer her support.
Betty loved gardening and had an absolutely beautiful garden. She also loved cooking, entertaining, dancing, her weekly dinners with Bonnie and Don and her trips to see her family in Pennsylvania. Betty also enjoyed traveling to her condo in Florida, and most recently going to Alaska and Jerusalem. She also cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren.
Her life is celebrated and honored by her son and daughter-in-law, William H. Goodworth Jr. and Kate Goodworth, Davenport; sisters, Marilyn (Mike) Franell and Evelyn Lehan, all of the Pittsburgh area; grandchildren, Kelly, Molly, Sarah, Aaron, Joseph and Cole; and great-grandchildren, Rory, Ian, Isabel, Addison, Wade, Stella, Kaylee and Cruz.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill; daughter, Cheryl; brothers, Meryl and Tommy; and nephews, Donnie and T.J.
A special thank you to the "angels" at ManorCare who treated Betty as their own mother.
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