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Katherine Goolsby

Katherine Rose Goolsby, age 79, of Lamesa, Texas, passed away from this life to be with her God on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Lamesa, Texas.
    She was born on March 27, 1941 to Joseph “Jelly” and Mildred “Sis” (McSwane) Trotter in San Angelo, Texas, at Shannon Hospital. She had one older sister, Janie Malone of Colorado City, Texas; one older brother Joe Trotter of Patricia, Texas; and one younger sister, Alice Stephenson of Lamesa, Texas and Montgomery, Texas.
    Kathy did most of her growing up in Toyah, Texas, and Aztec, New Mexico, where she graduated from Aztec High School in May of 1959. She served as a Dental assistant, and then Dental hygienist. She was trained and served at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. She left the service in June of 1962, and moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she married William “Bill” Ewing in July of 1962.
    Melanie Faye Cruise Archuleta is her only child, and Frisco Joseph Cruise is her only grandchild. She loved them with such great passion, you would swear she had a houseful of children. 
    She divorced and left Florida with Melanie to come to Lamesa, Texas in 1964, to be near her parents and siblings.
    She met and married William L. Goolsby on May 29, 1968. William came to the marriage with his two sons, William “Bill” Hoyt Goolsby, and Jon Charles Goolsby. She lost William on January 1, 1994. He was co-owner of Goolsby Bros. Pipe and Steel Co., and he continued working until his death.
    Kathy graduated from Licensed Vocational Nurse School at Medical Arts Hospital and passed her state boards exams on March 25, 1967. After working at Medical Arts Hospital as an LVN for 25 years (joyfully), she graduated from Midland College to serve her community as a Registered Nurse in December of 1991. She retired in May of 2006,  but continued to work “as needed” for 3 years, giving her 42 years of extensive service experience to her beloved patients. 
    Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Jelly and Mildred “Sis” Trotter; her husband, William Goolsby; two sisters who died in infancy (JoAnn and Billie Fern); brothers-in-law, Barry Stephenson, and Bill Malone.
    Kathy is survived by her loving family: daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Damon Archuleta of Silver City, New Mexico; her grandson, Frisco Joseph Cruise of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who was most precious to her; also her brother Joe Trotter and children, Michille Underwood and her husband Roy, Billy Trotter, Robin Herrington and husband Allen, Melinda “Mendy” Shugart and husband Rob, Jamie Trotter and wife Cyndi, her sister Janie Malone and children, Mitchell Greenlee and wife Misti, Leslie Jones and husband David, her sister, Alice Stephenson and children, Priscilla “Chris” Stephenson and wife Lisa, Clifford Stephenson and wife Beth, Katherine “Kathy” Stephenson and wife Jennifer, along with 11 nieces and nephews she was blessed to be called “Aunt Kathy,” and by 19 great nieces and nephews, plus 10 great-great nieces and nephews.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Lamesa, Texas.
    Memorial gifts may be given in her memory to the charity of your choice. To send condolences online, please visit Melanie’s email address at,
– Press-Reporter obituary services

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