Piper Renee Goodwin, age 9, Terre Haute, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, May 15, 2013, from complications of pneumonia. Born Dec. 17, 2003, in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of Jeff W. and Dana R. Shepherd Goodwin. Piper was one of Riley’s kids growing up. She was diagnosed at Riley Hospital with Pierre Robin Sequence, a condition that causes severe respiratory problems.
Piper was a first grade student at Dixie Bee Elementary School where she was in Mrs. Hendrix’s class. She participated in the Run Club and was supposed to participate in the Rush-the-Punter race last weekend. Piper enjoyed playing outside, riding bikes, playing on the computer, and watching TV. As a mini 4-Her, she showed poultry at the fair and was supposed to show her turkey, Lulu, this summer.
She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Dana Goodwin of Terre Haute; three sisters, Ashley Poff and husband Tony, and their son Tommas; Sarah Goodwin, and Lee Goodwin; one brother, Shepherd Goodwin, all of Terre Haute; maternal grandparents, Betty and Mink Shepherd, both of Terre Haute; paternal grandfather, Dallas W. Goodwin of Terre Haute; godparents, Howard and Maria Shepherd of Canton, Ga.; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Ginny Vail Goodwin and one brother, Dominique Goodwin.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on today at Dixie Bee Elementary School, with Pastor Jeff Lee officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. before the funeral service at the school. McClain Funeral Home of Denver, Ind., has been entrusted with arrangements. The online guestbook can be signed at:
Memorial fund established: The Piper R. Goodwin Memorial Fund has been set up at First Financial Plaza and all branch locations for those wishing to help the Goodwin family with funeral expenses.