Betty Goodacre, 88, a 60-year resident of Ft. Myers Beach, passed away on January 1, 2016.
Betty was well known for her community involvement and was named “Humanitarian of the Year” for Ft. Myers Beach in 2015. She served as a Fire Commissioner for the Ft. Myers Beach Fire District for eleven years. Other organizations included board memberships for the AMI School and San Carlos Island Lighting District, twice past commodore of the CMCS sailing club, vice-president of the Ostego Bay Marine Science Foundation, and a member of the Fort Myers Beach CERT Team. She was active in her church, sang for 35 years with the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus, traveled to 52 countries, was a registered nurse, former Girl Scout leader and owned an upholstery business on the island for 50 years. She was the “go-to” person for anything that needed to be done. Her drive, commitment, creativity, devotion and generosity were well known and respected.
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Wilfred and Ada Etches, Betty attended Riverside School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. She married Norman Goodacre and lived in Sarnia, Ontario, until 1955, when they boarded their boat “Good Grief” and sailed to Florida with two daughters and a cat. Ft. Myers Beach was home to Betty ever since.
Betty is pre-deceased by her husband Norman and leaves daughters Pamela Dones, Cathy Goodacre Smith (Willis), Norma Pardo (Ray) and daughter by-mutual-consent, Sheryl Lee. She also leaves six granddaughters and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned at St. Raphael’s Church on Ft. Myers Beach for Saturday, January 16, at 11 AM.
The family requests that any donations in Betty’s memory be made to one of her favorite charities: AMIkids or Ostego Bay Marine Science Foundation.